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1916 M101-4 Sporting News #151 Babe Ruth

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $36,000

Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Very presentable, modestly graded example of Babe Ruth's rookie card, universally regarded as one of card collecting's most recognizable and highly prized baseball-card rarities. This is a card that is a classic in any condition, and it is a great pleasure for us to be able to offer an authentic example in any grade. It would be hard for a piece of cardboard to better symbolize the history, the essence of American sport, than this Sporting News rookie card of Babe Ruth. Ruth had only pitched in four games with Boston in 1915 but fortunately impressed the card manufacturer enough to warrant inclusion in this major issue. The distinction between the rookie status of the M101-4 and M101-5 Ruth cards, which feature the very same image and card number, has been blurred since it has been discovered that both sets were actually issued in 1916. Both qualify for the equivalent status as Ruth's first Major League card. (Note: The 1914 Baltimore News card of Ruth featuring him as a minor leaguer, of course, predates both the M101-4/5 issues.) The rookie card of Babe Ruth is one of the most significant cards in all of card collecting. This is a very attractive, technically low-grade example. The card displays a crisp image and strong corners, but has a few light creases, which cause it to grade modestly. It is still a very striking card with tremendous eye-appeal. The blank back is almost entirely clean. The technical low grade will keep the price down, of course, but may also make the offering of this card an even more significant collecting opportunity, since it is far more affordable than a higher-grade example and collectors appreciate the hobby's most important cards in all grades. Recent auction results have signaled a tremendous increase in demand (and prices realized) for all items related to Ruth, and the offered card is at the top of any list of important items around which to build a collection. This is a magnificent low-grade example of one of the most famous and highly prized of all baseball cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $36,000

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