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Lot # 418 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1931 W517 Uncut Three-Card Strip Including Babe Ruth

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960

Outstanding original uncut strip of three cards from the 1931 W517 strip-card set, highlighted by #4 Babe Ruth. The popular W517 large-style (3 x 4 inches) strip-card set consists of fifty-four different Major Leaguers. This issue was originally sold in vertical strips of three, which were intended to be cut apart by hand by youngsters. Surviving complete as-issued uncut strips are extremely rare! This uncut strip, of course, is all the more remarkable as it includes #4 Ruth. In addition to Ruth, this three-card strip ideally features a second Hall of Famer, #30 Mel Ott (New York Giants), as well as #32 George Haas (Philadelphia Athletics). The strip has an overall Vg-Ex to Ex display value, but technically grades more modestly due to surface creasing in each of the three cards. Ideally, the creasing is lightest in Ruth, visible horizontally through his legs. Despite these minor flaws, the strip, which measures 2.75 x 11.75 inches and is slightly narrow compared to some other strips, offers a superb opportunity to acquire an almost never seen complete uncut trio of W517s, in their original form as they were issued at the candy store in 1931, highlighted by New York Yankees Hall of Famer Babe Ruth. The top of the top card on the strip reads "First Base," relates to how the cards were issued. The W517 strips were displayed on the candy-store counter sticking out of a box labeled "Champion Draw." When a strip was purchased, youngsters would get to pick an uncut strip, and depending on the text at the top of the strip ("Home Run," "First Base," etc; we have also seen uncut strips with a thin strip of color-coding on the reverse), kids could receive an extra prize of some kind. SOLD FOR $960

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