1928 George Ruth Candy Co. Complete PSA-Graded Set (6)

Sold For: $3,600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 999

Item Year: 1928

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Presented is a rarely offered complete set of six different George Ruth Candy Co. cards, each featuring Babe Ruth. 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, underappreciated, 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 and another on a slightly lesser-quality tan stock (as is the case with the offered examples). 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. All six cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA: #1 (EX 5), 2 (VG 3), 3 Babe Ruth (VG-EX 4), 4 Babe Ruth (GOOD 2), 5 Babe Ruth (EX 5), and 6 Babe Ruth (EX 5). All the blank reverses are clean. This is a very attractive complete set of these unusual and undervalued candy cards of Babe Ruth. Total: 6 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.

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