Lot # 4: “Best of the Best” Babe Ruth Signed 1929 Kashin Publications R316 Card w/a “Perfect” PSA Gem Mint 10 Signature – “One of Only 2 Examples Certified by PSA & the Only “10”!

Category: Autographs

Starting Bid: $12,500.00

Bids: 30 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Rarities Auction 2020",
which ran from 5/6/2020 12:00 PM to
5/30/2020 7:00 PM

(LOT 4)
"Best of the Best" Babe Ruth Signed 1929 Kashin Publications R316 Card w/a "Perfect" PSA Gem Mint 10 Signature – "One of Only 2 Examples Certified by PSA & the Only "10"!

The floodgates have obviously opened with regard to the staggering price tags signed HOF vintage cards are achieving, and is the case with virtually any collectible, paving the way is the incomparable George Herman Ruth. From 2018 thru early 2020, hobbyists have witnessed scripted Ruth cards far surpass the six-figure mark, doubling and tripling in some cases the previous values realized only four/five years earlier. Evidence of this pricing phenomena are the several high-end sales over the past several years including $149K for a 1933 Ruth Sports King; $137K for a 1921 Ruth Exhibit and $132K for a 1933 #181 Goudey.

Truly, the numbers don't lie and it is clearly obvious that the Babe Ruth signed card market is soaring synonymous to an uncontrollable tsunami. Not to be outdone, even the legendary Ty Cobb has now entered this autographed card spectacle with his T206 Green Portrait subject recently fetching a miraculous $144K. Simply stated, the most advanced collectors are painstakingly seeking these museum worthy artifacts with the primary issue being how do you find these precious gems? The unfortunate answer is it stands as no easy task, for unlike the abundance of post WWII Hall of Famer scripted cards, there is an extreme shortfall of signed baseball cards for pre-war immortals such as Ruth, Gehrig and Cobb.

That said, it gives Memory Lane distinct pleasure in presenting one of the most miraculous autographed Babe Ruth cards on the planet, an extraordinary scripted 1929 Kashin Publications Bambino subject with PSA assigning the signature the hallowed "Gem Mint 10" assessment! Indeed, this miraculous heirloom scripted in the boldest imaginable black fountain pen has achieved the pinnacle of autograph success, residing as only the second known 'PSA 10" signed Babe Ruth baseball card (the other "10" is the aforementioned 1921 Exhibit that recently sold in a Winter 2020 auction for $137K). With regard to the 1929 Kashin Publication R316 issue, to the best of our knowledge, this resides as only the second known signed Babe Ruth R316, with the other scripted example sporting a PSA NM/MT 8 grade (Note: the PSA Population Report only lists one signed specimen, but we know w/100% certainty the PSA 8 signed example does exist and has inadvertently been left off the PSA "Pop" Chart). Most significantly, it is highly conceivable that the imposing bold "10" signature that literally "jumps off this card" places it as the finest autographed Babe Ruth card extant!

Needless to say, we cannot even begin to emphasize the unlimited investment growth for any Babe Ruth signed baseball card, let alone one that sports the near-impossible PSA "Gem Mint 10" grade. As previously stated, this nearly unique offering has only been joined by a single other "Sultan of Swat" autographed ''10" subject, with its seemingly infinite-like value knowing no bounds. It is no secret that all esteemed Babe Ruth collectibles are highly coveted by the hobby's elite enthusiasts due to the monumental impact that Ruth has bestowed upon our National Pastime. Unquestionably, baseball's most iconic player ever, the "Bambino" was an immortal from BOTH the pitching rubber and batter's box, as well as a player who solely saved the game of baseball in the early 1920's in light of the Black Sox Scandal. Babe Ruth is baseball, the only player considered "above the game" itself based on his godly like stature both on and off the field.

While every advanced autograph collector dreams about owing a signed Babe Ruth baseball card, their limited availability and stratospheric price tags make this passionate goal excruciatingly tough to achieve, a perfect "demand exceeding supply" scenario. The Kashin Publications card was issued in 1929, a year after the Yankees would sweep the Cardinals in the '28 Fall Classic to claim their second successive World Championship. Although Connie Mack's Athletics would win the 1929 American League pennant, it was certainly not due to any fault of Ruth who would once again post unfathomable numbers including 46 round-trippers, 154 runs batted in, a .345 batting average and an amazing 1.128 OPS. Regarded as one of the "Bambino's" most desirable cards, the 1929 Kashin depicts a classic black & white Ruth batting stance image as he awaits to blast another tape-measure homer with his mighty lumber. Portraying solid mid-grade aesthetics, the image reveals crystal clear clarity and superb contrast, with the modest/even corner wear reflecting an eye pleasing uniformity.

No obtrusive blemishes are evident on the critical obverse side, with this exalted marvel exhibiting "VG/EX – EX" aesthetics. Of utmost significance, the miraculous PSA "Gem Mint 10" bold black fountain pen "Babe Ruth" script is the unparalleled highlight, arguably standing as the boldest Babe Ruth signature we have ever encountered on ANY artifact, let alone this extreme cardboard rarity. Also elevating its world-class stature is the "perfect" positioning of the autograph, scripted across his period style pinstriped pantaloons, directly above his Yankee stockings. The undisputable "best of the best", synonymous with the "Sultan of Swat's" irrefutable stature it takes a pinnacle seat as the finest Babe Ruth signed baseball card in existence via its breathtaking signature and the card's stellar mid-grade aesthetics. With that in mind and considering the "off the chart" six-figure+ price tags less impressive Ruth signed cards are achieving, we will let you, the sophisticated collector, ultimately decide what this remarkable Babe Ruth scripted Kashin marvel is truly worth!

MIN BID $12,500

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