Lot # 37: 1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth PSA 4 VG-EX

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $7,500.00

Bids: 13 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Winter Rarities '23 Auction",
which ran from 12/10/2022 12:00 PM to
1/7/2023 7:00 PM




(LOT 37)
1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth PSA 4 VG-EX

The sudden rise of the pricing points for 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth subjects comes as little surprise since these highly coveted Sultan of Swat keepsakes were undervalued for the longest time. Paving the way for this pricing surge is the augmented values realized for the most desirable of all four Goudey Ruth's, the esteemed #53 Yellow Goudey issue that stands tall among advanced collector's want lists. Presented here is an aesthetically pleasing PSA 4 VG-EX example that portrays an outstanding Bambino batting illustration originally taken by none other than the immortal Charles Conlon. Fresh off the heels of Ruth's legendary "Called Shot" home run in game #3 of the 1932 World Series that was the highlight of the Yankees four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs, the prestigious Boston based Goudey Gum Company issued their landmark 240-subject set. The Sultan of Swat's unparalleled iconic stature was the main driver for Goudey to issue four separate Ruth subjects, three of which depicted the immortal Charles Conlon Ruth batting pose originally taken during the 1927 campaign.

The irrefutable most valuable Ruth subject is the #53 yellow background Ruth that over the past several years has fetched in excess of $30k and consistently achieved price tags between $25-$30k. Substantiating its hallowed stature were PSA 9 and PSA 8 examples realizing record-breaking $4.2 million and $0.942 million prices, respectively, both in Memory Lane Auctions. Regarding the card itself, the super eye pleasing Ruthian batting image bursts with sparkling hues, ably assisted by a radiant-yellow setting and fine side to side centering somewhat offset by the illustration favoring the lower edge. Even corner wear and areas of toning along the upper border are the primary culprits for the grade, and no obtrusive flaws are evident. With a PSA 3 specimen fetching a momentous $38k in 2021, there are obviously no limits for its immense pricing points that seemingly appear to know no limits!

MIN BID $7,500
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