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1934 R304 Al Demaree Die-Cut #4 Babe Ruth
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $6,462.50
Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. Only "1 of 1" graded by PSA with no other examples at any level graded by PSA. Exceedingly rare example of Babe Ruth from the unusual 1934 R304 Al Demaree Die-Cut issue. This is the first example we have ever offered of one of Babe Ruth's rarest and most visually interesting cards. We could line up 1933 Goudey Ruths around the block before we'll ever see another R304 Al Demaree Ruth. It's just not the kind of 1930s Ruth gum card that turns up. In fact, if you want to throw our office in complete disarray, just send us a scan of an R304 of Babe Ruth. When a photo of this card came by email from a noncollector, we were stunned. Confusion reigned as the pace of our normally reserved and orderly office deteriorated into complete pandemonium. In retrospect, our staff resembled the Keystone Cops, tripping over one another around the office as we were seriously distracted from our normal routines as we attempted to contact the noncollecting owner before he sold them to a dealer. Issued by Chicago's Dietz Gum Company in 1934, Demaree die-cuts are among the rarest of all 1930s gum issues. Their unusual design combines black-and-white photographic player portraits with cartoon body art drawn by former Major League pitcher Al Demaree (hence, the name "Demaree die-cuts"). The design of this issue gives it a distinctive character and charm, which has always been appreciated by collectors. The fragile nature of all die-cut cards, and the easily broken tabs at the base of R304s that allow them to stand, make complete, high-grade examples all the rarer. This R304 Babe Ruth has survived complete, with standup tab intact. This beauty has been harshly graded GOOD 2 by PSA due to a very tiny tear (less than one-quarter inch) on the right edge (appears to be a cut, very possibly relating to the diecut process and as made). This is a great-looking card! The card has a barely detectable light surface crease across Ruth’s face, and a heavy horizontal crease through Ruth's foot. Without reference to the tiny tear, we grade this card an extremely strong Very Good, with an even stronger appearance. This is one of the most striking and visually exciting of all Babe Ruth cards. It is also one of the rarest of all Babe Ruth cards, with literally only a few known. (We've actually seen only one other example but presumably there are a couple more out there somewhere.) This card was miraculously found among, and was the highlight of, a larger collection of R304s which were saved by the family of the original owner. The key card from one of the rarest issues of the era. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,462.50
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