1924 V122 Willard’s Chocolates Baseball Complete Set Including Ruth SGC EX/NM 80! (3)

Sold For: $6,463

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 486

Item Year: 1924

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Outstanding high-grade complete set of all three different baseball players from the unusual and scarce 1924 V122 Willard’s Chocolates set, each graded and encapsulated by SGC, including the highest-graded example of Babe Ruth. This 56-card multisport Canadian issue features only three baseball players (Ruth, Cobb, and Collins). These black-and-white cards (1-3/8 x 3-3/8 inches) are printed on thin cardboard stock with blank backs, and feature images that are unique to this set. SGC Condition Report: #2 Eddie Collins (VG/EX 50. Perfectly centered with light wear on the corners, no creases, and a flawless image), 5 Babe Ruth (EX/NM 80 - highest graded! This is a stunning card of Babe Ruth displaying a sharp, clear image, with four square corners. This is an unusual and exciting card, with an image unique to the V122 set, and which identifies Ruth under his name as the "Home Run Champion"), and 39 Ty Cobb (VG/EX 50. Bright and clean image, with just some slight rounding to the corners, no creases, and centered slightly to the left). In our opinion, V122s are one the most classic card sets of the 1920s. In addition to being rare, they are very unique in design. No one will ever confuse V122 Willard's with any other card issue, and the fact that they date from the mid-1920s, an era with very few baseball card issues, is another important distinction of the set. The fact that all three baseball stars are major Hall of Famers is another plus. A very good case could be made that the market has not fully recognized the combination of rarity, players, and unique design elements of these cards. This is an exceptionally impressive group of three key Hall of Famers from one of the most overlooked sets from the 1920s. All three cards were submitted for grading by REA. The grade of the Ruth is of special note, both because it is very much deserving of its extremely strong EX/NM 80 grade, and because it is the highest-ever SGC-graded example of this important Ruth rarity. Total 3 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $6,463

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