Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. This is the highest-graded example by either PSA or SGC! Exceedingly rare example of Babe Ruth from the unusual 1934 R304 Al Demaree Die-Cut issue. This is only the second example we have ever offered of one of Babe Ruth's rarest and most visually interesting cards (The first example, graded GOOD 2 by PSA, appeared as lot 564 in REA’s May 2008 auction, realizing a final sale price of $6,462.50.) This is a very rare card! There are thousands of Goudey Ruths out there, and just a handful of R304 Ruths. It's just not the kind of 1930s Ruth gum card that turns up. 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 outstanding example has been downgraded due to two very light creases on the right edge (just below the team name “Yankees”). This is a beautiful card! 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 only a few known. (To date, a total of only seven examples, including this one, have ever been evaluated by both PSA and SGC.) This is a tremendous high-grade example of the key card from one of the rarest issues of the era, which would make a significant contribution to any world-class type-card or Babe Ruth collection. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).
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