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Lot # 1037 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1921 Babe Ruth National Game of Baseball Board Game

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,422

This baseball board game, titled Babe Ruth National Game of Baseball, was issued in 1921 and represents the earliest Babe Ruth-endorsed game. Not surprisingly, it is very rare today, with just a few examples known. Ruth had taken the baseball world by storm in 1920 by belting a record fifty-four home runs with the New York Yankees. Eager to capitalize on Ruth's fame, the Keiter-Fry Mfg. Co. issued this game the following year. The fold-over game board features a large photo of Ruth in his Yankees home 45tripes on the cover, while a smaller inset photo captures the Bambino in a New York road uniform. The interior panels are comprised of the game board and playing info (the action was dictated by the roll of two dice). The back panel displays a lengthy homily, written by Reverend Bernard C. Clausen, titled "What Babe Ruth Teaches America." No box accompanies the game; however, since no example of the box has ever been found, it is possible the game was issued without one. The covers each display a small amount of light foxing and minor surface wear commensurate with its age and former use. The interior panels have a little general wear and a small blue stamp along the base that reads "Copyright 1921 R. W. Flanders." A paper overlay reading "Casper Oppold & Son" has been applied over the name of the original manufacturer on the front cover. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is a highly attractive example of this extremely rare Babe Ruth game and one that is ideal for display. 7.5 x 19 inches (folded). Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,422

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