1933 C.A. Briggs Co. #24 Babe Ruth PSA 1.5 FR – One of Only 3 Total PSA Examples!
EXTREMELY RARE RUTH!!! One of the rarest of ALL Babe Ruth cards is his 1933 C.A. Briggs #24 subject, presented here in an eye-pleasing PSA 1.5 holder. One of only three PSA encapsulated copies, SGC also lists a scant five total examples. Indeed, the eight total known specimens place this near-impossible-to-find marvel as a rarer card than Ruth's majestic 1914 Baltimore News subject, for which there are 10 documented copies! The Cambridge, MA based C.A. Briggs Candy Co. issued a 32-card set in 1933, including generic sports subjects, with the flipside's prize redemption process stipulating a complete set could be returned for a baseball bat, mitt or 1lb. box of chocolates. The set's sole identified sports player is Babe Ruth, with the verso describing how the Yankees swept the Cubs in the 1932 World Series, as well as mentioning Ruth re-signed with the Yankees for 1933 at a salary of $52,000.
Most significantly, the classic Babe Ruth batting image is a Christy Walsh estate image originally taken at an early 1920s game at the Polo Grounds, also utilized on the Babe's 1929/'30 Roger Peet and various 1932 Sanella issues. Presenting itself in VG fashion, the breathtaking Ruth batting pose is well-centered and includes a bold red background. Accounting for the assessment is corner wear as well as some scattered surface abrasions on the verso. Along with Ruth's U.S. Caramel and Sport Kings multi-sports issues, this extremely rare '33 C.A. Briggs offering was distributed in the same era, with its undisputed paucity level placing it as one of the most elusive of all Ruth cardboard mementos!
MIN BID $2,000