Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIII
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“The Babe is on fire today. He ought to hit one today. Maybe a couple.”
-Lou Gehrig following batting practice in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, prior to Ruth’s Called Shot.”


It is our opinion, here at Goodwin & Company, that the M101-6 Mendelsohn Babe Ruth card is one of the most underrated and undervalued cards in existence today. The Mendelshon card featuring Ruth with the demarcation of C.F. Yankees marks the moment Col. Jacob Ruppert changed the game forever, by purchasing the young Ruth from the Red Sox and making his a full time outfielder, rather than a pitcher who also played the field.

Ruth’s impact would be immediate and everlasting. And this card captures it all. True, Ruth’s image was snapped while he still played for Boston, but the fact the card was updated to depict his change in teams, makes this cardboard antiquity all the more special.

A Bit Of Mendelsohn History

This glorious oversized 4 3/8” x 6 3/8” example of Felix Mendelsohn’s M101-6 of Babe Ruth as a member of the Yankees represents one of the earliest and finest depictions of the Sultan of Swat following his sale to New York. First issued in 1917, the Mendelsohn set originally featured Ruth as a Red Sox player. But upon his sale to New York, Ruth’s card was quickly updated and the rest is history.

To date over 120 cards are known to exist in the Mendelsohn set, despite the fact that the issue was originally slated to contain 100 subjects. Ads placed in The Sporting News between 1917 and 1920 offered fans “100 pictures for $5” via a mail-in offer. Granted, five dollars may seem a small price for 100 photos today, but a century ago, in 1917, the average household income was approximately $800 per year. In real dollar terms, an outlay of $5 represented a third of the average family’s weekly income. Understandably, not an overwhelming number of Mendelsohn’s photo sets were sold.

Only 5 Graded Examples Known To Exist Including PSA and SGC

The scarcity of the Ruth Yankees variation cannot be ignored on this unique oversized issue. To date, two specimens have crossed the grading stations at PSA and another three of the relics have made their way to SGC. So the fact that one of the five known examples has found its way to market presents a very unusual and unexpected opportunity.

Of all the M101-6 Ruth Yankee cards in the total population count, two examples have scored higher than this particular example, with one card recording an identical Fair 1.5 and the final card scoring a Poor 1. Examples scoring higher were graded at EX+ 5.5 and VG 3 respectively.

With such low population numbers, condition truly becomes less of an issue than actually finding an available example. Thus is the case here.

For the Ruth enthusiast, the investor, the collector of rare sets, or simply a lover of the game, this could be your only chance in the foreseeable future to obtain this marvelous antiquity. Don’t let this card pass you by.

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1917-20 Felix Mendelsohn M101-6 Babe Ruth Yankees SGC 1

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Minimum Bid: $10,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $17,569.20
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Friday, December 1, 2017.
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