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Lot # 434 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1916 M101-5 Sporting News #151 Babe Ruth Rookie PSA EX 5

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $41,125

Graded EX 5 by PSA. Presented is a magnificent example of Babe Ruth's rookie card, universally regarded as one of card collecting's most recognizable and highly prized baseball-card rarities. It would be hard for a piece of cardboard to better symbolize the history, the essence of American sport, than this Sporting News rookie card of Babe Ruth. Ruth had only pitched in four games with Boston in 1915 but fortunately impressed the card manufacturer enough to warrant inclusion in this major issue. The distinction between the rookie status of the M101-4 and M101-5 Ruth cards, which feature the very same image and card number, has been blurred since it has been discovered that both sets were actually issued in 1916. It is our opinion that both qualify for the equivalent status as Ruth's first Major League card. (Note: The 1914 Baltimore News card of Ruth featuring him as a minor leaguer, of course, predates both the M101-4/5 issues.) The rookie card of Babe Ruth is one of the most significant cards in all of card collecting. This is a solid Excellent example, with only the slightest hint of wear to the strong, square corners (primarily upper right) and some minor print lines related to the manufacturing process. It is centered very slightly to the left (which is especially common for this card), with a crisp, flawless image of a slender Ruth in his pitching follow-through. Both the front and blank back are bright, crisp, and clean. This is a very strong and very striking example in all respects of one of the most famous, significant, and highly prized of all baseball cards. The SMR value for the assigned grade is $17,500. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000+. SOLD FOR $41,125


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