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1933 Goudey and Sport Kings Babe Ruth Collection (9)

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $9,987.50

Collection of nine Babe Ruth gum cards including seven 1933 Goudey Ruths and two 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Ruths. These nine Babe Ruth cards were the core in terms of value of a very substantial original-owner shoebox collection of over 500 1930s bubble-gum cards. When this collection was presented to us for evaluation, the family of the original collector was very surprised to learn that the nine Babe Ruth cards alone represented such a significant concentration of value. After careful consideration they decided, for now, to auction just the nine Babe Ruth cards from the collection as a single lot, and to keep the balance of the cards in the family. This is a very impressive group, technically in low grade, but still extremely desirable, attractive, and relatively affordable for classic Babe Ruth cards. All nine cards have been graded and encapsulated by SGC. The collection consists of the following: 1933 Goudey (7 cards): #53 Ruth (yellow background, POOR 10), two 144 Ruth (batting pose, both GOOD 30), three 149 Ruth (red background, two grade GOOD 30 and one FAIR 20), and 181 Ruth (green background, POOR 10, this card appears especially harshly graded). 1933 Sport Kings (2 cards): two #2 Ruth (one VG 40 and the other POOR 10). All the cards in this collection display evenly rounded corners, most with very minor creases (none of which break the paper), excellent image quality, and clean reverses with bold green text (one of the three #149 Ruths has an ink notation on the reverse). These cards overall are exceptionally attractive and most have a far superior appearance than suggested by the technically accurate SGC assigned grades. This is an outstanding and perhaps unique opportunity to acquire nine very attractive and relatively affordable examples of Babe Ruth cards from two of the most popular sets of the 1930s. Total 9 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $9,987.50

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