1933 R319 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8

Sold For: $72,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 6

Item Year: 1933

Category: Featured

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Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Of the 949 examples graded to date by PSA, only seven examples have ever been graded higher! Beautiful and absolutely stunning ultra high-grade example of one of Babe Ruth’s most classic cards: #181 with green background from the 1933 Goudey series. Bright and clean, both front and back, with perfect registration, flawless colors, and four strong corners. The centering is superb for this card, measuring approximately 50/50 top to bottom and 60/40 left to right. Bold green print on the flawless off-white reverse, with light color bleed from the front visible, which is extremely common on this card. Goudey cards featuring Babe Ruth are among the most recognizable of all vintage cards in the hobby, and they are on almost every list compiling the greatest cards ever issued, including PSA's Top 250 Sportscards in the Hobby set, based on the book Collecting Sports Legends: The Ultimate Hobby Guide, by Joe Orlando, which selects the most significant cards from all the different sports. Collectors are beginning to appreciate how scarce superb high-grade examples really are, with cards in the extreme high grades, such as this, realizing exceptionally strong prices recently. There is good reason for it: Goudey Babe Ruth cards are never going out of style with collectors, and they are among the safest stores of value and most recognizable cards available to new collectors. This is a world-class example of one of Babe Ruth's most important and highly prized baseball cards and one that would be a worthy addition to even the most advanced collection. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open).

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