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1921-1965 Unusual Babe Ruth Card Collection (16)

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,880.00

Quality collection of sixteen unusual Babe Ruth cards (includes one Lou Gehrig), spanning the years 1921 to 1965, representing fifteen different issues, with eight items graded by SGC: 1) 1921 Schapira Bros. Candy: SGC VG 40. Package-design issue features crisp image of Ruth in a swinging pose, with a bat over his right shoulder, neatly cut with four square corners (minor wear in the lower left corner). 2) 1923 W515 #47: Very colorful strip-card issue, rough cut along the left and right edges, with creases in the corners. Good condition. 3) 1926-1929 Exhibit Style Card: SGC VG/EX 50. Classic Exhibit-style card was actually issued by a small competitor of the Exhibit Supply Company. The key card to the set features Ruth in his classic follow-through swing. The postcard format reverse includes the warning: “Not To be Used In Exhibit Machines.” Never mailed. Crisp and clean front and back. A little corner and edge wear. 4) 1928 R315 "Portraits and Action": SGC FAIR 20. The R315 set has been referred to as the "Portraits and Action" series ever since Jefferson Burdick named them in the 1930s in his first American Card Catalog . It is unknown exactly how they were issued or whether this is a formal name provided by the issuer. R315s are found printed on several different paper stocks. This example is the thick yellow cardboard stock variety, considered by many to be the most desirable. The card is bright and crisp, with square corners showing a hint of wear, outstanding picture quality, and a perfectly clean front and back. One of Babe Ruth's few cards dating from the late 1920s, in extraordinary condition. Two of the tiniest pinholes in the world (one at the top, one at the bottom, each visible only when the card is held up to strong light) are responsible for the extremely harsh grade; this card is a gem and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. 5) 1928 W.A. & A.C. Churchman “Sports & Games in Many Lands” #25: Titled on the back “Baseball, U.S.A.”; it briefs the origins of baseball and its rules, and features an image of baseball’s biggest legends, Babe Ruth, in a mighty swing thru pose with his head tilted upward as he watches a towering home run leap off his bat. Vg condition. 6) 1932 Sanella Margarine: SGC VG/EX 50. Issued in Germany. Type 2 variety with the company name located near the bottom on the reverse. Appears Ex-Mt at a glance, with square corners, and perfect focus. Looks much better than the SGC grade. 7) 1945 Leister Game Co.: SGC NM 84. This unusual two-image game-card set includes fifty-five different celebrities (politicians, movie stars, and other athletes). Babe Ruth shares the card with Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. This is the only card featuring Major League ballplayers in the series. 8) 1946-1947 Propagandas Montiel Los Reyes del Deporte #57 Lou Gehrig: SGC POOR 10. One of the key cards from this fascinating Cuban set issued with packages of Propagandas Montiel caramel. The set includes Major League ballplayers (both current and old timers), Florida International League players (Minor League), a handful of Cuban League players, as well as a few wrestlers, and a selection of boxers past and present. Much better looking than the technically accurate assigned grade. 9-10) 1946-1949 Sports Exchange All-Star Picture File: Both variations of this large premium (7 x 10 inches) of Babe Ruth. One has the series number on the bottom left (“set number 4”) and the other has no series number. Both have an Excellent appearance. 11) 1948 American Association Babe Ruth: Issued shortly after Ruth’s death in 1948 by (as noted on the reverse) the Midwestern AAA minor league known as the American Association. The card (4 x 5-11/16 inches) features a black-and white portrait of Ruth in uniform with his career statistics on the back. Vg-Ex condition. 12) 1950 Menko: SGC NM/MT+ 92. Playing-card design features a crisp portrait image of Ruth with the caption “Joker” above his head, to represent the joker in a 52-card deck of playing cards. The card is bright and crisp, both front and back, with perfect colors, four razor-sharp corners, and a flawless ornate design printed in bold blue on the reverse. 13) 1954 Topps Scoops: SGC EX 60. Four sharp corners, great color, gloss, and focus. Four light vertical print lines keep this card from a higher grade. 14) 1960 Ed-U-Cards #41: Postcard-size card pictures Babe Ruth in a batting scene with the catcher and umpire behind him. The image is from the 1927 First National Pictures release Babe Comes Home , which starred Babe Ruth. This card was part of a flash-card series, which had a question on the front with a detailed answer filling the back. Ruth’s reads, “A typical pose of the great slugger. Baseball’s all-time hero.” The back has a short bio of the “Bambino.” A few creases visible from the reverse. Vg. 15) 1965 Topps Push-Pull: Issued by the Topps card company, this uniquely designed 36-card set combined sports and nonsport subjects. The Ruth-Gehrig card (2-12 x 4-11/16 inches) is designed with a shutter attached to a tab (the tab reads “Push-Pull”), which is moved up and down to display each of the underlying photographs. Babe Ruth, who shares the card with Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, is one of only three cards featuring Major League ballplayers in the series. Due to their fragile design, they are susceptible to major damage including border chipping on the black edges. This card is in far better condition than the norm for this issue. Vg-Ex/Ex condition. 16) 1939 Baseball Centennial postcard with a miniature real-photo (7/8 x 1-3/8 inches) of Babe Ruth as a coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1938) affixed to the center of a baseball design. The photo-postcard is Nr/Mt. Extremely unusual collection of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig cards from fifteen different issues. Total 16 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,880.00

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