Lot # 245: 1931 W517 #4 Babe Ruth “Pitching” Blue Tint SGC 7 NM – “POP 2”

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 20 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring '23 Rarities Auction",
which ran from 4/13/2023 9:00 AM to
5/6/2023 7:00 PM

(LOT 245)
1931 W517 #4 Babe Ruth "Pitching" Blue Tint SGC 7 NM – "POP 2"

HIGH GRADE BAMBINO!!!... This sensational SGC NM 7 1931 W517 #4 Babe Ruth pitching pose offering has only been joined by a single other example at this highly coveted tier with a paltry seven specimens graded higher! The early 1930s would start to take their toll on the Bambino's skill sets, with his imminent retirement finally taking place as a member of the Boston Braves in 1935. Ruth's last hurrah would be the 1932 World Series sweep of the Chicago Cubs when the Babe's "Called Shot" home run off of the Cubs Charlie Root in the 5th inning of game #3 at Wrigley Field will forever stand as one of our National Pastime's greatest moments. Unfortunately, other than his 1932 U.S. Caramel and a handful of 1933 and 1935 Goudey issues, there are not a myriad of 1930 cards depicting the Bambino when he was still wearing his Yankee pinstripes.

Ultra-popular with collectors, W517s were distributed in vertical strips of three cards with each subject measuring approximately 3" x 4". Many of the game's stars are depicted in this set via sepia-tone or blue tint poses, with the two Babe Ruth cards (#s 4 & 20) obviously standing as the most desirable and valuable subjects. This exalted offering reveals a remarkably clean Ruth pitching pose that has stubbornly defied father time, with the hand-cut marvel retaining a majority of its original factory issued attributes. The lower left quadrant reveals the "Babe Ruth – YANKEES A.L." white text and the central image portrays near-impossible excellent centering. Clean front & back surfaces and sharp corners complete this seldom surfacing gem that, synonymous with the Sultan of Swat's exploits, has withstood the test of time!
MIN BID $1,000

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