Lot # 252: 1933 Sport Kings #2 Babe Ruth SGC 4.5 VG-EX+

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

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 252)
1933 Sport Kings #2 Babe Ruth SGC 4.5 VG-EX+

KING OF SWAT!!!... The most prestigious subject of the 1933 Sport Kings compilation is the immortal George Herman "Babe" Ruth, with this outstanding SGC 4.5 VG-EX+ 1933 Goudey Sports King Babe Ruth listed as one of the top 250 sports cards in our illustrious hobby. Its prestigious standing is more than substantiated by three PSA 8 examples selling for a lucrative $210K, $183K, and $193K in 2021. Long overshadowed by the four Babe Ruth 1933 Goudey baseball set subjects, the Sport Kings Bambino card is finally receiving its well-merited recognition with the roughly 260+ SGC encapsulated Ruth Sport Kings examples representing only 12% of the approximate 2,200+ SGC graded Goudey Ruth. The popularity of the 1933 Sport Kings 48-card set continues to grow at an alarming rate, spearheaded by the #2 subject, George Herman Ruth. Piggybacking off of the likewise coveted 1932 U.S. Caramel multisport gathering, the Boston-based Goudey Gum manufacturer chose to utilize an elaborate array of robust hues for their prized Sport Kings images. It is this concept that gravitates the most sophisticated collectors towards this world-class set, with the Babe Ruth subject obviously paving the way.

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. Regarding this offering's stellar aesthetics, the outstanding resolution and sparkling hues of the classic half-body Ruth image is virtually pack-fresh, with the Babe portraying one of his often-seen good natured grins. Additional highlights include a brilliant olive-green background, atypical near-perfect centering, and relatively clean surfaces. Accounting for the grade is even corner, and a diminutive wrinkle in the upper right quadrant barely visible to the naked eye. The current sports card market is experiencing a remarkable pricing surge for its immortal players, and most would agree that no sports personality possibly surpasses the prestige of the unparalleled Sultan of Swat. It is no coincidence the Goudey Gum Company issued a Babe Ruth card as one of our National Pastime's three representatives (along with Cobb and Hubbell) within their renowned Sport Kings issue, with the superb eye appeal of this 90-year-old keepsake the perfect testament to Ruth's cream of the crop stature!

MIN BID $2,500

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