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Lot # 392 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1921 Frederick Foto Babe Ruth - Extremely Rare!

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $44,437.50

Graded VG+ 45 by SGC. This exciting new discovery, consigned by the family of the original owner, is the highest-graded Frederick Foto Ruth in existence. It is one of the most important, and, perhaps because of its extreme rarity, also one of the most overlooked, Ruth cards in all of card collecting. This card of Babe Ruth is significant not just as the key card of the rare 1921 Frederick Fotos set, but also as one of the earliest cards to feature Babe Ruth identified as a member of the New York Yankees. In fact, this card was issued so soon after Ruth joined the Yankees, he is clearly pictured wearing a uniform with "Red Sox" across the front, though the card design identifies him as "Babe Ruth N. Y." In addition, the photo is unique to this card, and appears in no other set. In fact, we can't find this youthful image anywhere except on this card. The Frederick Foto of Babe Ruth is an incredible rarity, and is one of only a handful of known examples of this fascinating and significant Babe Ruth card. The small "tobacco-size" card, measuring approximately 1-3/16 x 2-5/8 inches, features an exceptional high-quality real photo of Ruth. Issued by the Sacramento-based Frederick Foto photography studio, this rare set is comprised of players from both the Pacific Coast and Major leagues. The extreme rarity of this card is obviously a result of its regional distribution. It is unknown exactly how these cards were distributed. Ruth's 1921 season was one for the record books, as he took the baseball world by storm with his prodigious batting feats. In addition to setting new single-season records for home runs (59) and RBI (177), Ruth also lead the league in runs (177) and slugging percentage (.512) in powering the Yankees to their first pennant in franchise history. The card is free of any wrinkling or creasing, exhibits light wear to the corners, and is centered almost entirely to the right. The blank back is clean. This is an outstanding, fascinating, and very rarely seen example of one of Ruth's most interesting and distinctive early cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $44,437.50

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