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Lot # 877 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Autographed 1933 Goudey R309-1 Babe Ruth

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,525.00

Although nearly all collectors are familiar with the 1933 R309-1 Goudey cardboard premium of Babe Ruth, which is one of the most substantial of all Ruth cards, few have ever seen a signed example. Offered here is one such prized rarity. Ruth's signature, which has been scripted in blue fountain pen partially across his image, grades "8" overall and contrasts extremely well against both the gray background and the white of Ruth's uniform. Despite the fact that Ruth was a prolific signer, autographed Ruth cards in general are exceedingly rare. Autographed examples of 1933 R309-1 Ruth premiums are rarer still. One of the main factors explaining the incredible rarity of signed examples of this card probably has to do with the scarcity of the card itself. This card was not a standard issue, and could not be purchased. The only way in which it could be obtained was by mail direct from Goudey Gum in exchange for fifty 1933 "Big League Chewing Gum" wrappers. That's a lot of gum! And although it was the most popular card from the four-card premium set, few kids probably had the foresight or opportunity to get theirs signed. The card is technically in Good condition, with four tack holes along the border, a diagonal crease in the lower right and moderate wear along all four corners; however, none of the flaws significantly detracts from its extraordinary display value. Despite condition flaws, the fact that the card is autographed far outweighs its faults and elevates it into the stratosphere of elite Ruth signed collectibles. Beautifully mounted and framed to total dimensions of 16.5 x 18.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,525.00

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