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1928 George Ruth Candy Co. Near-Complete Set Plus Duplicates (11)

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,666.25

Collection of eleven George Ruth Candy Co. cards, including five different out the six cards in the set (missing only #6 for completion) plus six duplicates, each featuring Babe Ruth. The 1928 Babe Ruth Candy cards are particularly well known to collectors, but in our opinion, this set is without question one of the most overlooked, underappreciated, and undervalued of all Babe Ruth cards and all vintage card sets. These cards feature Babe Ruth in a series of scenes from his 1927 movie The Babe Comes Home as well as ballpark scenes with his daughter or young fans. The cards are printed on tan card stock with a redemption offer printed on the reverse for a signed baseball in exchange for a complete six-card set. The set was issued in two print runs, one on high-quality white stock and another on the tan stock of the cards offered here. The latter version has apparently been reprinted in the past and this contributes to the confusion and desire by many collectors to simply steer clear of this set. The similarity to the Fro Joy Ice Cream Babe Ruth set of six, which has also been extensively reprinted, and which has also seen muted demand as a direct result of these reproductions, is yet another factor that has played a role in these cards not getting the attention and respect they deserve. Some collectors have suggested that all the tan-stock cards are reproductions, which we do not believe to be the case. This collection consists of the following: Three #1, two 2, 3, 4, and four 5. The cards present well overall, with four Vg and seven lesser due to faint creasing or paper loss. This collection originates from non-collectors who recently found these eleven cards among various family belongings that were passed down to them. This is a sizable collection of mostly low-grade (but including a few nicer) examples of these unusual and undervalued candy cards of Babe Ruth. Total: 11 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $2,666.25

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