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1922 E121 American Caramel (Series of 120) "Babe" Ruth - Holding Bird

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,818.75

Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Only example graded at this level with just one graded higher. Presented is an exceptionally attractive high-grade E121 American Caramel card of Babe Ruth, one of several different cards of Ruth in the set, and certainly the most unusual and memorable. This card features one of the most unusual photographs of the Babe to ever appear on a card. He is pictured holding a bird, with an unidentified gentleman sharing the spotlight with him on the field to his right. Most likely this photograph captures some promotional event, the significance of which has been lost to time. Ruth's eyes are firmly fixed on the bird, which is what we would be doing if we were holding a bird, while the gentleman's gaze is toward the camera. Our guess, based on the position of his hands, is that the gentleman in street clothes is holding a string which is tied to the bird's foot, so it can be handled and not fly away, and that the box at Ruth feet is the bird's carrying case. Whatever is going on here, there is clearly an audience, as countless fans are in the stands, including one bearded gentleman in a front row seat in the background that appears to be arching his neck to get a better view himself. Perfectly clean front and back. Four square corners with just a hint of wear. The clean, white borders of this card frame a virtually flawless, bold image which is centered just a touch to the right, approximately 55/45. The black text on the reverse is crisp, bold, and essentially flawless. This is a very attractive high-grade example of this classic Babe Ruth card, the finest example we have ever offered and worthy of the finest Ruth collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $3,818.75

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