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1928 "Ruth's Home Run Candy" Wrapper - Extraordinary High-Grade Original Example!
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,251.50
Exceedingly rare wrapper to “Ruth’s Home Run” candy bar produced in 1928. This wrapper is a lot rarer than collectors realize simply because there are so many reproductions. This is not only a real one, but one of the finest examples known. In the late 1980s a small find of approximately twelve of these wrappers surfaced. According to our consignor, he was able to cherry-pick the few best examples, with this ranking as the finest of that elite group. The others are long gone, but he has kept this gem all these years. It is certainly the finest example we have ever seen! While it is impossible to say how many authentic examples are known today, we believe it is probably fewer than twenty. All the rest are reprints. For some reason, forgers like this item, probably because it is so great for display and because it features a portrait of Babe Ruth. Authentic examples such as this are actually very easy to distinguish from the fakes, but real ones are so rare that few collectors have ever even had the opportunity to compare. Interestingly, the offered wrapper was used for instructive purposes on the Net54 chat board last year (http://tinyurl.com/d9jnsl6). The thread was extremely informative as it clearly explained, by means of comparison between this example and a reproduction, what exactly the differences are between the two. It should be noted that Ruth’s “Home Run” candy bar was only produced in 1928. Today all that remains from that short-lived confectionary endeavor are a handful of wrappers, a few advertising items, a few Babe Ruth Candy Club membership cards, and a modest number of Babe Ruth Candy cards (one card of Ruth was included with each bar). As recently as twenty years ago, the only Ruth's "Home Run" candy wrapper known in the entire hobby was a single, completely trimmed example that was owned by Barry Halper. The find in the late 1980s, which basically accounts for virtually all of the remaining authentic examples, provided collectors with the opportunity to own this classic for the first time (since 1928 of course). The rarity of the wrapper may be explained by the printed message along each border that reads, “Save this wrapper and ask your dealer how to get a Babe Ruth Home Run baseball.” When kids were given the choice of saving a wrapper or receiving a free baseball, the baseball probably always won out, thus contributing significantly to the rarity of wrappers today. The offered wrapper (7.5 x 5 inches) is outstanding in all respects. Aside from displaying normal wrapper folds (common to all Ruth candy wrappers), it is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition overall. When the small find of authentic Babe Ruth wrappers first surfaced in the late 1980s, they were selling in the $2,000 range. In the years since, the reprints have made collectors understandably cautious and have actually hurt the value of the originals, because so few originals exist that collectors tend to just shy away from them (or are not interested in buying one because they think they have an authentic example when in fact they they have a reproduction). This is a magnificent and extremely rare original 1928 Ruth's "Home Run" candy wrapper and literally one of, if not the, finest examples known. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+++.
SOLD FOR $2,251.50
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