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1933 R319 Goudey #144 and #181 Babe Ruth Altered (2)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,540.00
Two 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards, #144 and #181, each with a crisp, clean Near Mint to Mint appearance, each graded "Authentic" by PSA. These cards were purchased by our consignor many years ago, before professional grading existed. Both were purchased as MINT cards. Unfortunately, PSA has graded each card simply "Authentic" because they have detected evidence of trimming. We are in agreement with PSA in its assessment of these two cards. The trimming is very subtle and is impossible to detect without a trained eye. While these cards will never be assigned a numerical grade by PSA, they represent a potentially extraordinary value for the collector who wants beautiful original 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards at a far more affordable level than graded examples with a similar appearance. Both cards appear Nr/Mt-Mt. Each is crisp and clean, both front and back, with perfect registration, flawless bold colors, four strong, sharp corners, and with perfect, bold printing on the reverses. The #144 Ruth is perfectly centered and is well within tolerance in terms of size for an untrimmed card. The #181 Ruth is actually quite large, larger than most Goudeys, and barely fits into the PSA holder, with centering 75/25 top to bottom. This is a unique collecting opportunity to acquire two 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards with a Near Mint to Mint or better appearance at a fraction of the cost of PSA NM-MT 8 examples. Total 2 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,540.00
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