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The Best 1928 George Ruth Candy Co. Cards In The World: Near- Complete Set SGC-Graded (4 of 6)

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $2,937.50

The title of this lot is intentionally unorthodox. Presented is a very special collection of four different George Ruth Candy Co. cards, out the the six cards in the set (missing only #2 and #6 for completion), each featuring Babe Ruth. This is one of the least understood of all vintage sets and we have rarely had the opportunity to set the record straight on these cards. It has been many years since we have offered other examples of this type. We want to be sure to get the attention of interested collectors and to take the opportunity to properly document what we think is extremely important information relating to this set both for collectors in general and bidders. The 1928 Babe Ruth Candy cards are particularly well known to collectors. Because of this fact it may be surprising for many to learn that, in our opinion, this set is without question one of the most overlooked, underappreciated, and undervalued of all Babe Ruth cards and all vintage card sets. How can this be, when they are so well known? This is has come to be the case due to a combination of several factors. The first is that very few collectors are aware that two grades of Babe Ruth Candy cards were issued. The first boasts unbelievably high quality printing, on an extraordinarily high quality white stock, which is very sturdy and somewhat thick, printed with a slightly brown/red wine colored tint to the printing, and with advertising on the reverse. These are the underappreciated Babe Ruth Candy cards to which we so enthusiastically refer. The second is of a different and far inferior style, printed on much cheaper dark or tan card stock. These cards are often found with blank backs, and in addition to a significantly lower quality of printing, the image has a poorer visual presentation due to the inferior dark card stock. The reason that this set is so underappreciated is that examples of the superior stock variety (the type offered in this lot) are so incredibly rare compared to the poorer quality stock cards. Most advanced collectors have simply never even seen the superior quality style cards in person, and have only seen the lesser quality cards. The difference between the two types is astounding. The more common lesser-quality cards are somewhat visually unappealing, while the higher-quality cards are extremely impressive. The fact that the poor stock cards have also apparently been reprinted is yet another factor that makes these cards far less understood and appreciated than they deserve. The similarity to the Fro Joy Ice Cream Babe Ruth set of six, which has also been extensively reprinted, and which has seen muted demand as a direct result of these reproductions, is yet another factor that has played a role in these cards not getting the attention and respect they deserve. Some collectors have suggested that all the poor quality stock cards are reproductions. We do not believe this to be the case, but no one will ever confuse the higher-quality stock cards with the poor-quality stock cards or with reproductions. In short, the more common poorer-stock cards and reproductions turn off collectors, and with rare exceptions that is all collectors ever see. Presented in this lot is an extraordinary collection of four of the superior stock Babe Ruth Candy cards.

All four cards have been encapsulated and graded by SGC: #1 EX/NM 80, #3 EX+ 70, #4 VG/EX 50, and #5 EX/NM 80. Each card in the set features Babe Ruth. Card #1 pictures him on the set of his 1927 movie
The Babe Comes Home ; card #4 pictures him with actress Anna Q. Nilsson, also from a scene from the 1927 movie The Babe Comes Home . Card #3 pictures him with a young boy holding a baseball; and card #4 last pictures him kissing his daughter at the ballpark during the Yankee post season West Coast Exhibition tour in 1924. A different caption, such as “The only player who broke his own record. His Candy Helped Him,” appears on the front of each card. The back of each card features an offer to exchange the six cards for an autographed baseball. This near-complete set of four cards (of the six cards which comprise the set) is a tremendous group and we can only hope that we have done justice to them. We have never seen or even heard of a complete set of this style of George Ruth Candy Company cards. Total 4 cards . Reserve $2,000. Estimate (Open) SOLD FOR $2,937.50

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