1933 Blue Bird Babe Ruth

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 805

Item Year: 1933

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Extremely rare card of Babe Ruth featured in the same batting pose as the R309 Goudey Premium. It is fascinating to note that the photograph used on this card was actually cropped differently than the R309 Goudey Ruth. This advertising card (some might call it a premium) had previously been virtually unknown until a small group was discovered in 1994. Previous to that find, the only example we had ever seen was in the Halper collection. The black-and-white card (3-78 x 5-7/8 inches) is printed on thin stock and "Babe Ruth - See Other Side" appears in white letters along the bottom. The reverse of the card has advertising for Blue Bird soft drinks, and details of a glove and ball redemption program, which reads: This $3.50 Spalding Babe Ruth Professional Glove (Genuine Horse Hide and Leather-Lined) For 29 Blue Bird Bottle Caps and $1.39 - This Spalding Official League Ball (Cork Center) For 29 Blue Bird Bottle Caps and 89. The Blue Bird Company is still in business to this day, specializing in mixed fruit drinks, though "Bluebird" is now spelled as one word. This card appears, at first glance, to be in Near Mint condition. It is bright and crisp, with flawless picture quality and contrast. It has been downgraded to VG-EX 4 by PSA due to a small chip in the lower right corner. The remaining three corners are sharp. This is a phenomenal and extremely attractive example of one of Ruth's rarest cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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