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Lot # 193 (of 873)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Two 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth Color Process Proof Cards

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,750.00

Offered are two unique color process proofs of card #149 Babe Ruth. One proof is a blue-and-white color process card of Ruth, with the type setting "George Herman (Babe) Ruth" along the top left and the copyright logo in the lower left. The second proof card is a near complete color process, with a red background and "Big League Chewing Gum" advertising strip along bottom, but missing all black type. As is always the case with color process proof cards, each has a blank back. Collectors are used to seeing printer's proofs for relatively modern sets, but examples from classic vintage sets such as Goudey are virtually nonexistent. These cards were originally part of two complete 24-card Goudey color process sheets discovered in the early 1980s, which were professionally cut so that they could be displayed in pairs. Today these pairs rarely surface. The #149 Babe Ruth was by far the key card on the pair of proof sheets. These are the only Goudey color process cards of Babe Ruth known to exist. Both proof cards are in Near Mint condition. An extraordinary and unique pair of color process cards, used by Goudey's printer for proofing during the production process of Goudey's classic 1933 series. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $5,750.00

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