1921 E121 American Caramel (Series of 80) Babe Ruth

Sold For: $10,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 756

Item Year: 1921

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Highest-graded example. Do not be fooled by the modest assigned grade! Presented is a superb E121 American Caramel card of Babe Ruth. This is one of the premier early Ruth cards and one of the very few dating from the early 1920s. Perfectly clean front and back, with four square corners and clean, white borders framing a perfectly centered, virtually flawless, bold image. Extremely light wrinkling is present at the bottom, visible only under close inspection. The black text on the reverse is crisp, bold, and essentially flawless. The card is modestly graded due to a 1.5-inch strip of paper loss on the reverse of the extreme right border. It is interesting to note that the young, but already very celebrated, Ruth is pictured on this card in a Boston uniform, though he is appropriately identified below as a member of the New York Americans. "Boston" (mostly covered by Ruth's throwing arm) can be clearly seen across Ruth's chest upon close examination. In fact, this photograph of Ruth is the very same image which was used on Ruth's 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy candy card. Apparently the American Caramel Company was going to print and did not have the time to pursue an updated image of Ruth with his new team. This is an exceptional example of this classic Babe Ruth card worthy of any advanced Babe Ruth or prewar-card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+.

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