1917 H801-8 Boston Store #147 Babe Ruth SGC VG 3

Sold For: $240,000
Year: 1917
Auction: 2021 Fall
Lot #: 1
Auction: Featured
Graded VG 3 by SGC. Presented is an extremely attractive H801-8 Boston Store card of Babe Ruth, one of his most significant, rarest, and in our opinion, most overlooked cards. We think the reason this card doesn't get the attention it deserves is simply because it is so rare. This is one of the premier early Ruth cards and one of the very few dating from the beginning of his legendary career. This is only the third example of this important card that we ever offered in the past eighteen years! 1917 Boston Store cards are one of the few major card issues dating from the mid-teens. They are somewhat similar in design to the M101-4/5 Sporting News cards, originate from the same general era, and also have 200 cards in the set. So they are somewhat overshadowed by the popular M101-4/5 issues. H801-8 Boston Store cards, however, are considerably rarer and were never issued as complete sets to the public. They are usually encountered only in small groups and usually in low grade. They were also produced on a slightly thinner stock (compared to M101-4/5) that is far more susceptible to wear, and with a very glossy surface, which is very prone to creasing. This is a magnificent example of Babe Ruth with tremendous eye-appeal. The card is centered slightly to the left with outstanding image quality, minor wear on the corners (more so on the lower left), a couple of creases in the upper left, and a few light surface scratches visible near the lower-right corner. The important advertising reverse is boldly printed and centered to the extreme right edge. The image on this card is an early pitching pose of Ruth. It is interesting to note the image on this card is the very same used on Ruth's 1921 E121 American Caramel candy card. This is an exceptional example of one of Ruth's most elusive cards dating from very early in his career. It is an extreme rarity that would be a highlight in any world-class Babe Ruth or vintage-card collection. Reserve $25,000.
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