1928 George Ruth Candy Co. #2 Babe Ruth

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 998

Item Year: 1928

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Addendum (4/17/17, 10:35 AM): Please note that this card was mistakenly identified as blank backed in the catalog description when it does have the company's printed exchange offer on the reverse. Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Extremely attractive #2 card of Babe Ruth from the 1928 George Ruth Candy Co. series. The 1928 Babe Ruth Candy cards are particularly well known to collectors, but in our opinion, this set is without question one of the most overlooked, under appreciated, and undervalued of all Babe Ruth cards and all vintage-card sets. These cards feature Babe Ruth in a series of scenes from his 1927 movie The Babe Comes Home as well as ballpark scenes with his daughter or young fans. The set was issued in two print runs, one on high-quality white stock (as is the case with the offered example) and another on a slightly lesser-quality tan stock. The latter version has apparently been reprinted in the past and this contributes to the confusion and desire by many collectors to simply steer clear of this set. The similarity to the Fro Joy Ice Cream Babe Ruth set of six, which has also been extensively reprinted, and which has also seen muted demand as a direct result of these reproductions, is yet another factor that has played a role in these cards not getting the attention and respect they deserve. The offered example is well centered with a clean, crisp image and four very strong corners. The reverse bears the printed offer from the Babe Ruth Candy Co. of Cleveland, which offers a signed Babe Ruth baseball in exchange for a complete set of six cards. This is an attractive example of Babe Ruth from this unusual and undervalued candy-card set. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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