1921 E121 American Caramel (Series of 80) George (Babe) Ruth - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $27,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 982

Item Year: 1921

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. This one of only two examples graded at this level by SGC with none higher. 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. Bright and crisp, with even wear to the four corners and excellent centering. The reverse is boldly printed and clean. The card is modestly graded due to a few unobtrusive creases. One of several different cards of Ruth in the E121 set, this is one of the all-time classic Babe Ruth cards of the 1920s. Referred to on checklists as the Babe Ruth "George" variation, this popular card features Ruth in a full-length throwing pose. 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 a very attractive example of this classic Babe Ruth card worthy of any advanced Babe Ruth or prewar-card collection. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++.

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