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Babe Ruth remains, without rival, the greatest celebrity, the greatest sports icon, and the greatest superstar to ever walk the Earth. His name alone is synonymous with being the finest, the pinnacle, of whatever is being described. The superlative of superlatives is to be known as “Ruthian.” Until recently, the Ruth M101-4 rookie card, in its many variations, received little respect from the hobby’s elite, veteran vintage card collectors, and even investors and speculators. From the moment memorabilia prices, and card prices in particular, began to skyrocket during the decade of the 1980s, the Ruth rookie faded into the shadows of the market behind the holy grail of the industry, the T206 Honus Wagner. Ruth’s rookie also significantly trailed the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie, Eddie Plank’s T206, and various cards of Ty Cobb, and Shoeless Joe Jackson in terms of value. The question was repeatedly asked, “Why isn’t Ruth’s rookie worth more?” Perhaps it was the rather mundane style of the M101-4. Maybe it was the fact that Ruth was a pitcher with the Red Sox rather than the slugger with the Yankees, who we all recognize and honor. Or maybe it was just the fact that the Ruth rookie wasn’t shrouded in lore such as the Wagner and Mantle cards. Whatever the reason, the performance of Ruth’s rookie card was, for far too many years, anything but Ruthian. With large-scale investors flocking to the memorabilia market, foreign dollars flowing freely into the hobby and elite collectors reaping the rewards of some of the greatest stock market booms in history, the Ruth card suddenly became a “value buy” in terms of potential ROI. As Ruth rookies began to sneak onto the market, the market responded. And responded favorably, creating an explosion of buying and selling on a scale rarely experienced by any relic in the hobby’s history. At long last, Babe Ruth’s rookie card now stands at the precipice of becoming the Ruth of Sports Collectibles. A Relic For The Ages If ever a museum-worth sports antiquity existed, it would be Ruth’s major league rookie card. Ruth defies description, entering the game was one of the most dominant pitchers of his era and leaving it as the greatest slugger the world has ever known. As we have mentioned in the past, nowhere in history, in no other sport, has a player dominated in two entirely different disciplines as Ruth. The transformation represents the most implausible change in the history of sport. This particular card was found while moving an antique piano, along with a bunch of others. About half the set was uncovered from it’s 100-year old hiding place and although there was no Ty Cobb or Joe Jackson included, the rare Ruth RC was included. This blank back version presents much nicer than the BVG 2.5 grade it received at first glance, but has a print line running across his chest accounts for the Good+ grade. This “Ruthian” heirloom is anxiously awaiting a new home in an esteemed world-class collection!
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1916 M101-4 Sporting News Blank Back Babe Ruth RC No. 151 BVG 2.5

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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $10,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $130,053.60
Number Bids: 23
Auction closed on Friday, April 26, 2019.
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