Lot # 30: 1921 E253 Oxford Conf. Babe Ruth PSA 2 Good

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

Bids: 22 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer Rarities Auction 2023",
which ran from 8/17/2023 9:00 AM to
9/9/2023 7:00 PM

(LOT 30)
1921 E253 Oxford Conf. Babe Ruth PSA 2 Good

SCARCE RUTH OXFORD!!! Presented here is an obscure 1921 E253 Oxford Confectionary Babe Ruth gem residing in a PSA 2 holder. Of extreme importance is the fact that other than his 1920 "Headin' Home" theater cards, the Ruth 1921 Oxford E253 subject stands as his inaugural Yankee card, portraying the Babe in his Yankee flannels! Indeed, Ruth's 1920 Felix Mendelsohn and 1921 E121 American Caramel issues both depict the Bambino in his BoSox uniform. In 1921, the Oxford Confectionery Co. of Oxford, PA produced a 20-subject caramel set, considered by most experts as one of the most eclectic pre-1930s issues. Synonymous with virtually every 1920s issue, the cream of the crop card is Babe Ruth, with the candy company appeasing Ruth's devoted fans by utilizing an image revealing Ruth in his "NEW YORK" road grays.

One of the scarcest Babe Ruth cards issued during his playing days, PSA has only encapsulated some 30+ examples. The fine Ruth image is unique to the E253 Oxford subject, with some surface abrasions near the upper right edge and beneath Ruth's cap preventing a higher grade. Most significantly, the iconic central pose steals the show via its crystal-clear clarity and near-perfect contrast as Ruth prepares to clout one of his 59 round-trippers during his renowned 1921 campaign. Substantiating its immense desirability is another PSA 2, which sold for $15k some five years ago, while an SGC 4 realized a staggering $35k in 2021. Indeed, this illustrious Sultan of Swat masterpiece issued at the beginning of Ruth's dominance truly merits a final resting place in any advanced Bambino collection!

MIN BID $2,500

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