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1933 Babe Ruth Feen-A-Mint Mask Collection - Newly Discovered Find (4)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,370.00

Collection of four Gem Mint Babe Ruth Feen-A-Mint masks just recently discovered together in our consignor's attic! We have seen only approximately a dozen of these Babe Ruth masks over the past forty years, and only a very few approaching the extraordinary essentially perfect condition of the four offered here. Of special note, the few other Mint examples in the hobby all surfaced in a single similar find many years ago (circa 1990). These fascinating novelty items were issued in 1933 as a promotion for Feen-A-Mint laxative chewing gum. The paper mask features a very colorful image of the "Bambino" with slots cut above the eyes to allow for visibility. We're not sure what was the overall concept for this promotion. Apparently Feen-A-Mint executives envisioned thousands of youngsters in Babe Ruth masks, each of them anxious to take laxatives, and encouraging others to take them as well. We're not even sure how Babe Ruth fits into all of this. There are two tabs on the reverse. The first reads "Babe Ruth by arrangement with Christy Walsh, copyright 1933"; the other reads "Babe Ruth with the compliments of Feen-A-Mint, The Chewing Gum Laxative for adults and children." Incredibly, the original rubber bands, which are attached by a folding tab on the reverse of each side and allow the mask to attach to a youngster's ears, remain fully intact on each mask. These masks are not only an extremely unusual Babe Ruth item (ideal for display) but are also exceedingly rare. These represent a brand-new find and are without question the finest Ruth Feen-A-Mint masks we have ever seen, especially given that they include the original rubber band, which is rarely, if ever, seen on the other examples in the hobby today. Dimensions of each mask: 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Total: 4 masks. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $2,370.00

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