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1933 Worch Cigar Babe Ruth PSA VG-EX 4

Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $2,643.75

Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. One of only three graded at this level, with none graded higher. Extremely rare high-quality postcard-sized premium card (3-3/8 x 5-3/8 inches) of Babe Ruth issued by the Worch Cigar Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. Ruth, of course, is the key card from this very scarce premium tobacco set, which was made available only by mail. The real-photo sepia-toned image pictures the legendary “Bambino” in his classic batting pose. This same pose was also used in R316. Ruth's name and team appear in the lower right corner (contrasting somewhat poorly because the printing is in white against a white background). The card is bright and clean, with even wear to the corners, no creases, and a virtually flawless blank back. To date, 146 different players have been checklisted in the Worch Cigar set. This is an interesting set both because of the glossy real-photo high-quality of the issue, and the fact that it is the only American baseball-card tobacco issue of the era. By 1933, baseball cards being issued by a tobacco company was long forgotten standard which had been replaced by cards issued with bubble gum and candy. Cards issued with tobacco were throw backs to what was then "the old days," and apparently it was not a particularly successful promotion as it lasted only a single year. Baseball cards were not issued with tobacco in America again until the Red Man Chewing Tobacco sets of the early 1950s. This is a particularly rare, attractive, and very unusual Babe Ruth card, dating from his playing days with the New York Yankees. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,643.75

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