1921 E121 American Caramel (Series of 80) "Babe" Ruth

Sold For: $7,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 985

Item Year: 1921

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Presented is a very attractive mid-grade 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. While the image of Ruth is crisp and well centered, the card is graded GOOD 2 by PSA due to various condition issues, including slight rounding to the corners, a crease to the left of Ruth's head, light soiling, and a tape stain on the reverse. 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 ideal example for someone who wants a very presentable example of this classic Babe Ruth card, from the heart of his playing days, without spending the tens of thousands of dollars that a higher-graded example would command. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++.

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