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1929 Shonen Club Babe Ruth PSA EX-MT 6

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $587.50

Baseball as a sport has been well represented in card sets all over the world. Presented is a very unusual pair of baseball cards, dating from 1929, from the countries of Japan and England. Both of these cards are from sets with just a single card featuring a specific ballplayer, which in this case is Babe Ruth. 1) Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Highest-graded example! Extremely scarce 1929 Shonen Club Japanese postcard features the legendary Babe Ruth in his classic swinging pose after hitting a home run. For many years this card was always associated with Ruth’s 1934 Tour of Japan but research by serious collectors has proved this to be false. This card is from a set which includes 40 different subjects and Ruth is the only representative of baseball. The other cards in the series depict a variety of animals, landscapes, and other subjects. The set was distributed with the August 1929 issue of Shonen Club , a youth magazine in Japan. The Japanese text on the card roughly translates to read, “This is the moment Babe Ruth, known throughout the world as the Home-run King, swings with all his might and hits the ball. The ball flew far past the outfield and it appears to be a homerun. The catcher and umpire freeze in awe as they watch and as Babe looks pleased. The spectators in the stands are also breathless as they watch.” This is a very attractive high-grade postcard, with four square corners, perfect focus, and centered very slightly to the bottom. The reverse features a preprinted postcard back and has never been mailed. 2) 1929 Churchman "Sports & Games in Many Lands" #25 Babe Ruth (PSA EX 5). Issued in England, this beautiful full-color tobacco issue of 25 different subjects includes representation of all types of athletes (boxing, football, tennis, track, etc.) and Ruth is the only representative of American baseball. It is interesting to note that this card was produced with the same image as the Shonen Club Japanese postcard. Few cards of Ruth date from the 1920s. This extremely unusual pair of high-grade Babe Ruth cards dates from the heart of the great “Bambino’s” career and represent a remarkable value in comparison to gum cards of Ruth from the 1930s. Total 2 cards. $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $587.50

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