1933 R338 Sport Kings #2 Babe Ruth PSA EX-MT+ 6.5

Sold For: $5,288

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 511

Item Year: 1933

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded EX-MT+ 6.5 by PSA. An extraordinary high-grade example of one of the 1930s most classic cards: the 1933 Sport Kings Babe Ruth. This card was one of the highlights of a large totally untouched collection of 1930s gum cards consigned to this auction, which was saved for decades by the family of the original owner. This card is a gem. It is extremely bright and clean both front and back, with just a hint of wear visible under magnification at the extreme tips of the corners. The green text on the reverse is crisp, bold, and essentially flawless. The 75/25 left-to-right centering on the front is the only factor keeping this card from grading even higher (at least NM) by PSA. The Sport King is one of Ruth's most popular and desirable cards, and one of the most famous and majestic cards in the collecting world. The 1933 Sport Kings Ruth is also far rarer than Ruth's 1933 Goudey counterparts, especially in high grade. Being the number-two card in the set, the Sport Kings Ruth tended to gravitate to the top of the stack, exposing it to much more wear than other cards, and thus making high-grade examples far more difficult to find than most Sport Kings and most other 1930s Ruth cards. This is an exceptional and extremely high grade example of this classic Babe Ruth card. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000.

SOLD FOR $5,288

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