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1921-1929 Babe Ruth Card Collection (4)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,700.00
Four classic 1920-era cards of Babe Ruth from four different sets: 1) 1921 E121 American Caramel (Series of 80). Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. This is a very attractive card of Babe Ruth displaying a sharp, clear image, with evenly rounded corners, and centered 60/40 left to right. This is one of the very few Ruth cards dating from the early 1920s. It is interesting to note that the young, but already very celebrated, Ruth is pictured on this card in a Boston uniform, though he is appropriately identified below as a member of the New York Americans. "Boston" (mostly covered by Ruth's throwing arm) can be clearly seen across Ruth's chest upon close examination. In fact, this photograph of Ruth is the very same image which was used on Ruth's 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy candy card. Apparently, the American Caramel Company was going to print and did not have the time to pursue an updated image of Ruth with his new team. 2) 1922 W575-2 “Autograph on Shoulder.” Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Very clean example of the key card from this rare issue. Flawless image, even wear to the corners, and centered a hint to the left. Over the years, this unusual issue has come to be known as the “Autographs on Shoulder” set because each player’s name appears in script across his shoulder. This set is of special interest to collectors because of the unusual photographs used, all of which are unique to this issue. 3) 1928 Fro-Joy Ice Cream. Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. Card #2 "Look Out, Mr. Pitcher!" The card is bright and crisp, with four square corners, perfect registration, and bold black printing on the reverse. Fro-Joys are actually quite rarer than most collectors realize. The abundance of Fro-Joy reprints over the years has been very confusing to collectors, giving the false impression that this issue is relatively common. In fact, only the reprints are common. This one, of course, is original. 4) 1929 R316 Kashin Publications. Graded EX 60 by SGC. A very attractive large card (3.5 x 4.5 inches) features Ruth in a classic batting pose. We believe we would grade this card lower than Ex due to what appears to be background wear, but it is possible this is part of the printing and we are unable to properly examine the card because it is in a holder. There are few cards of Ruth dating from the 1920s. The inferior production quality of most cards from this era has kept these cards relatively affordable, though the excellent value they represent has earned them a growing appreciation among advanced collectors in recent years. All four of these cards are the key cards from their respective sets. Total 4 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $4,700.00
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