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1928 George Ruth Candy Co. #1 Babe Ruth
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $948
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Extremely attractive #1 card of Babe Ruth from the 1928 George Ruth Candy Co. series. 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 set was issued in two print runs, one on high-quality white stock (as is the case with the offered example) and another on a cheaper tan stock. Examples of the superior-stock variety are so incredibly rare compared to the cards printed on lesser-quality stock that most advanced collectors have simply never even seen the superior-quality cards in person. The difference between the two types is astounding, and the higher-quality cards are extremely impressive. The tan stock version has also 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. The offered example is well centered with a clean, crisp image, and light touches of wear to the four corners. The blank reverse is clean with three tiny creases, which do not break through to the front, visible under close inspection. This is an extremely attractive and noteworthy example of Babe Ruth from this unusual and undervalued candy-card set. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $948
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