Lot # 263: 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA 3 VG

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

Bids: 16 (Bid History)

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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 263)
1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA 3 VG

BABE'S GUM CARD!!!... Other than a few of his first Boston Red Sox issues, no card could more effectively represent the unparalleled Bambino than a 1933 Goudey Gum card. This prestigious Boston, Massachusetts based gum company transformed the card market by inserting baseball players and gum in wax packs as opposed to manufacturers packaging cards with their candy and tobacco products. Unquestionably, Goudey chose the right player to produce four separate subjects, and one of those momentous cards just happens to be presented here, the highly coveted #181 subject in a stellar PSA 3 VG holder. The Sultan of Swat's significance to baseball cannot be over emphasized, with his mighty home runs revolutionizing baseball at a point in time directly after the Black Sox Scandal when our National Pastime desperately required a momentous boost. It is the general consensus amongst baseball historians that Babe Ruth saved the game during this dark period, and he continued on with his record-breaking feats to become America's undisputable finest all-time player.

The soaring card prices of Babe Ruth cardboard treasures issued during his esteemed playing days has literally rocked the collecting community, with the ultimate prestige of any high-grade 1933 Goudey Ruth only surpassed by the Bambino's sanctified pre-1920 cardboard subjects. Interestingly enough, the #181 Goudey Ruth reveals a unique pose not offered on the other three Ruth Goudey subjects (the #53, #144 & #149 Ruth's depict a similar batting pose). In fact, this #181 image, to the best of our knowledge, is unique to the card industry and not utilized on a single other Babe Ruth cardboard issue. The fine Babe Ruth "sitting/half body" image depicts fine clarity and robust hues. No glaring surface flaws are evident, with the assessment primarily due to modest corner wear and the classic image heavily favoring a slim right edge. In closing, any Goudey Ruth subject defines the sheer essence of everything this colossal slugger truly represents, an unparalleled collectible synonymous to the Sultan of Swat's incomparable all-time stature.

MIN BID $2,500

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