Incredible 1933 Uncle Jacks Babe Ruth - "Blue Tint" (PSA 2) - "1 of 4; Only One Graded Higher!
Presented here just happens to be one of the rarest and most coveted of all Babe Ruth baseball cards, the ever elusive 1933 Uncle Jacks "Blue Tint" Ruth residing in a super eye pleasing PSA 2 holder. Its unquestionable scarcity level is justified by the PSA "pop" charts that list only 8 total examples with only a single PSA 2.5 graded higher! Furthermore, the SGC census report only lists 5 Uncle Jack Ruth's, a further testament to its incredible paucity level. Indeed, this magnificent offering truly resides as one of the scarcest Babe Ruth issues extant; especially considering the population reports list only three additional examples versus the iconic 1914 Baltimore News Ruth for which 10 specimens are known. Rare Babe Ruth cardboard collectibles easily suffice as the hobby's most valuable artifacts with high-end enthusiasts actively seeking the Bambino's most eclectic issues. From a cardboard perspective, his 1914 Baltimore News Minor League and 1916 Boston Red Sox rookie cards stand as his most desirable and valuable cards, yet the 1933 Uncle Jacks Ruth currently suffices as nearly as scarce an issue as the exalted Baltimore News issue and a significantly more obscure card than his renowned 1916 M101 Rookie.
Its irrefutable obscurity escapes even elite collectors with the expression "out of sight, out of mind" holding true, and it certainly suffices as Babe Ruth's rarest 1930's cardboard issue. One of the scarcest candy cardboard treats ever manufactured are the 1933 Uncle Jacks Candy cards. This New England regional issue was distributed in Springfield, Mass. and Newport, R.I., with gray blank backed baseball player cards, the popular Uncle Jacks, Inc. candy and a redeemable coupon (also included in this lot) all included within a see-through wax paper wrapper. The total checklist includes 30 different subjects with each card potentially printed in blue, red, green or purple tints. For 100 of the pink colored redeemable coupons, an individual was entitled to receive an official league ball as well as participating in a contest to win a fee trip to the 1933 World Series. Ten participants submitting the most coupons by September 15th would be declared the lucky winners. Like any 1920s or 1930s set, this issues most coveted and valuable subject is George Herman 'Babe" Ruth, who, irrefutably resides as the greatest baseball player who ever lived.
The Bambino's superlatives are seemingly infinite, consisting of his coupled batting and pitching excellence that are unparalleled by anyone who has ever played this grand old game. Ruth's sheer dominance both on and off the diamond transcends the game to a supernatural level, and his monumental feats will "echo for eternity". Regarding the card itself, the overall aesthetics are more consistent with a "VG/3" specimen, with a "unique" Ruth central image reflecting spectacular contrast and vivid resolution via its splendid blue tint surface. No other mainstream baseball card issue depicts this classic Ruth image that was first seen in the popular 1921 Baseball Magazine as an 8 x 10 print for Ruth's avid fans. Typical for the "Babe", he sports a good-natured smile totally synonymous with his out-going personality with the classic image relatively well centered between four off-white borders. A modest "tilt" somewhat leans towards the upper right corner, and is rendered virtually negligible versus the cards overall stellar eye appeal.
Accounting for the somewhat harsh technical assessment is some modest corner wear, slight soiling along the left edge and a microscopic-like print dot a ¼" to the right of Ruth's left shoulder. No major surface blemishes are evident (obtrusive creasing, paper loss, severe staining, etc.), and similar to a majority of Uncle Jacks specimens, the gray hued blank back portrays evidence of the candy/gum that was situated against the card in its original plastic wrap. As a final superlative, the bold blue text reading "Babe Ruth, King of Swat" near the lower right corners portrays extra fine clarity. While the splendid eye appeal is certainly one of this offering's strong selling points, even more impressive is the card's sheer existence with only 7 other encapsulated copies currently residing in private collections. While the stellar eye appeal is certainly one of this offering's strong selling points, even more impressive is the card's sheer existence with only 8 other encapsulated copies currently residing in professionally graded holders. To reiterate, this extremely elusive Ruth Uncle Jacks Candy card stands alongside other "Holy Grail" Babe Ruth keepsakes such as his 1914 Baltimore News, 1920 Felix Mendelsohn, and 1921 Frederick Foto (just to name a few) as one of his rarest baseball card issues extant. Most advanced collectors would firmly agree that this near-impossible Ruth offering would reside as a cornerstone addition to any world-class Babe Ruth gathering, via its combined scarcity and unlimited investment potential!
MIN BID $7,500