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Lot # 371 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1920 M101-6 Sporting News Babe Ruth - First Yankee Card!

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $5,287.50

Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. The M101-6 set was produced by Chicago publisher Felix Mendelsohn and offered in the pages of The Sporting News over a period of several years (approximately 1917 thru 1920). This card of Babe Ruth is significant not just as the key card of this rare set, but also as the very first card ever to feature Babe Ruth as a member of the New York Yankees. Earlier issued versions of this card identify Ruth as a member of the Red Sox. When Ruth was sold to the Yankees, just before production of this set ceased, the team listed on Ruth's card was changed from Boston to the Yankees to reflect his new team affiliation. Close examination of the photograph, which remains unchanged in both versions, reveals that Ruth is in fact wearing a Red Sox uniform on this card. This photograph of Ruth is also the very same image which was used on Ruth's smaller Sporting News (M101-4/5) card. Because he had just become a Yankee, there apparently was no time to get a picture of him in pinstripes. It is possible this card was issued just after Ruth's sale to the Yankees and prior to the start of the 1920 season. In the winter of 1919, in a deal which remains the most famous transaction in sports history, Ruth was sold by Boston owner Harry Frazee to the Yankees for $100,000 and a $300,000 loan. The card (4-3/8 x 6-1/2 inches) has a very tiny crease in the upper right corner and is otherwise in Excellent condition. This is an outstanding, fascinating, and very rarely seen example of Ruth's first Yankee card. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,287.50

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