Lot # 323: 1933 Sport Kings #2 Babe Ruth PSA 8 NM-MT

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $35,000.00

Bids: 29 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Newman Auction",
which ran from 6/12/2021 11:00 AM to
7/10/2021 7:00 PM

(LOT 323)
1933 Sport Kings #2 Babe Ruth PSA 8 NM-MT

Synonymous with virtually every post-1914 baseball card set, the most prestigious subject of the 1933 Sport Kings compilation is the immortal George Herman "Babe" Ruth, with this high-grade 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Babe Ruth listed as one of the top 250 sports cards in our illustrious hobby. Reflecting a sensational PSA NM/MT 8 assessment, only 4% (22) of the nearly 540+ encapsulated copies have achieved this lofty grade, with a meager 3 examples graded higher! What could be more satisfying than owning an elite graded Babe Ruth card issued during his playing days. The "Babe" exemplifies everything that our National Pastime represents at an incomparable level that exceeds the game itself. Each day, his popularity increases profoundly, with avid collectors looking to grab any of his most valuable cardboard artifacts.

The Babe's Boston Red Sox pitching exploits combined with his uncontested batting achievements have earned him the title "the greatest baseball player ever". Indeed, it is an unfathomable concept that Ruth would have been an immortal Hall of Fame pitcher had he not abandoned the pitching rubber to pursue his destiny as the game's greatest slugger ever. The near impeccable resolution and sparkling hues of the classic "half-body" Ruth image is seemingly faultless, with the "Babe" portraying one of his often-seen good natured grins. Highlights include a spectacular olive-green background, virtually flawless as its original pristine state with only a diminutive factory issued anomaly situated above his left shoulder. Atypical for this issue is the near-perfect centering, the corners are blistering sharp and both relatively clean surfaces have eluded any discerning blemishes.

The final exclamation point is the verso's bold green text, the final technical attribute consistent with the seldom surfacing "NM/MT 8 grade". In closing, Ruth's myriad of batting feats, long home runs that revolutionized baseball and his overall persona substantiate why baseball will never see the likes of him again, a near perfect icon with a combination of sheer playing excellence and personality that will echo for eternity. It is no coincidence the Goudey Gum Company issued a Babe Ruth card as one of our National Pastime's three representatives (along w/Cobb and Hubbell) within their renowned Sport Kings issue, with the breathtaking aesthetics of this 88-year old "pack-fresh" blazer the perfect testament to Ruth's "crème of the crop" stature!

MIN BID $35,000

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