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1921 Babe Ruth National Game of Baseball Board Game
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $711
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 pinstripes 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 front cover displays a few areas of paper loss (nearly all of which are relegated to the border areas), the largest of which is located in the upper left corner. The back cover displays a few tiny areas of paper loss along the border areas, as well two small, light stains in upper right corner. The interior panels have light general wear. In Very Good condition overall. This is an extremely rare Babe Ruth game and one that is ideal for display. 7.5 x 19 inches (folded). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $711
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