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1929 Dockman’s "Star Player Candy" Unopened Pack with Babe Ruth
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $9,400
Unopened pack of "Star Player Candy" featuring #21 Babe Ruth. The extraordinary find of the 1929 Dockman's "Headliners & Gum" box offered in this auction reveals that the manufacturer of this rare issue is John H. Dockman & Sons. The name of the manufacturer had previously been unknown. Unlike the 1928 Star Player Candy cards (which are blank-backed), the reverse of the 1929 cards have a short biography and a card number in the upper left corner. Ruth's card with text reverse, which is also unique in that it features a completely different pose than the blank-backed 1928 Dockman's card, refers to his sixty home runs in one season and notes this record "will probably remain unbroken for some years to come." Collectors have always appreciated this rare and distinctive issue. The fact that "Star Player Candy" is actually a gum issue, as opposed to a candy issue, is significant in that this set dates from 1929, and is therefore one of the earliest of the bubble-gum baseball-card sets of the era. This is one of a total of four Babe Ruth packs from the find, the two finest of which have been separated from the box to be offered individually. The card appears to be in Near Mint condition, with just a little gentle bending or rippling of the card to accommodate the approximately forty small round pieces of gum in the confines of the pack. The unopened glassine envelope pack, which is stapled shut at the top, is overall in Near Mint condition and looks exactly as it did when packaged for sale by John H. Dockman & Sons in 1929. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $9,400
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