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1916 M101-5 Sporting News #151 Babe Ruth - Rookie

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $15,275

Graded PR 1 by PSA. Very presentable example of Babe Ruth's rookie card, universally regarded as one of card collecting's most recognizable and highly prized baseball-card rarities. This is a card that is a classic in any condition, and it is a great pleasure for us to be able to offer an authentic example in any grade. (Note: the Babe Ruth rookie card appears to naturally be a card that forgers and con artists gravitate to, creating fakes and trying to fool collectors into parting with thousands of dollars of hard-earned money for a "good deal" on an ungraded reprint or a card they don't really have. If it sounds too good to be true, it is! Remember: Real Babe Ruth rookie cards are rare!) It would be hard for a piece of cardboard to better symbolize the history, the essence of American sport, than this Sporting News rookie card of Babe Ruth. Ruth had only pitched in four games with Boston in 1915 but fortunately impressed the card manufacturer enough to warrant inclusion in this major issue. The distinction between the rookie status of the M101-4 and M101-5 Ruth cards, which feature the very same image and card number, has been blurred since it has been discovered that both sets were actually issued in 1916. Both qualify for the equivalent status as Ruth's first Major League card. (Note: The 1914 Baltimore News card of Ruth featuring him as a minor leaguer, of course, predates both the M101-4/5 issues.) The rookie card of Babe Ruth is one of the most significant cards in all of card collecting. This is a very attractive low-grade example. The card has numerous creases, including a heavy horizontal crease through the center of the card, and corner wear, but is still a very striking card with tremendous eye-appeal. The blank back is fairly clean with very light soiling. The technically low grade will keep the price down, of course, but may also make the offering of this card an even more significant collecting opportunity, since it is more affordable than a higher-grade example and collectors appreciate the hobby's most important cards in all grades. This is a magnificent low-grade example of one of the most famous and highly prized of all baseball cards. Auction records of this card in high grade exceed $100,000. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $15,275

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