1929 Babe Ruth “Star Picture Stamps” Exhibit Card

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 788

Item Year: 1929

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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The key card to this rare and unusual Exhibit card set features Babe Ruth, along with Tom Mix, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplin, Jack Dempsey, Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, and Al Jolson. This is one of the all-time great 1920s Exhibit cards, from a set devoted to stars of the silver screen. The set includes mostly traditional movie stars. Collectors often wonder what sport stars such as Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey, or famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, are doing in this set alongside some of the era's greatest movie stars. The answer is simply that all were in films during the 1920s. Ruth made the set because of his much-celebrated appearances in movies and is pictured in the uniform he wore in the 1927 film Babe Comes Home. The front of the card pictures each star in the format of eight stamps. The stamp design encouraged youngsters to cut the individual "stamps" apart to create eight little cards, and they are sometimes found in cut form. This example is complete as issued. The reverse features a preprinted postcard back along with advertising for The Exhibit Supply Company. The card has never been mailed and the reverse is free of any written notations. This is a fascinating card, not just because it is unusual and rare, but because it presents Ruth in the context of a 1920s icon, one who transcends the sport of baseball, a star not just on the ball field but also a star among the greatest stars of the 1920s from all areas of fame and fortune. There is evidence of a light crease in the lower center portion of the card (more visible from the reverse) and a few light stains on the back, otherwise in Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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