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1916 M101-4 Sporting News #151 Babe Ruth Rookie PSA EX 5

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $26,437.50

Graded EX 5 by PSA. Exceptional 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 symbolize more history, more 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. Of special note is the fact that The Sporting News advertisement appears on the reverse, which is extremely desirable; while this card was issued with a blank reverse or with one of many different regional advertisements on the reverse, the set has always been referred to as issued by The Sporting News in honor of its most prominent sponsor. This is a solid Excellent example, with very slight wear to the otherwise square corners and some minor print lines related to the manufacturing process visible in the left border. It is very well centered (especially for this card, which is often plagued by serious centering problems), centered very slightly to the left, with a crisp, flawless image of a slender Ruth in his pitching follow-through. Both the front and back are bright, crisp, and clean. The advertisement for The Sporting News on the reverse is fresh and bright with bold black print. This is a magnificent and very striking example in all respects of one of the most significant and highly prized of all baseball cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $26,437.50

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