Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIV
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The Lancaster, PA. based American Caramel Company followed up their highly successful 1921 black & white candy card baseball card set by issuing a staggering 240 subjects with their 1922 candy product. The company framed the player images with ornate oval designs, with the American League players issued in sepia toned colors and National League subjects depicted in blue. As with most 1920 issues, the most distinguished, desirable and valuable subject is the immortal George Herman “Babe” Ruth presented here in a splendid PSA 3 holder.Any card of the great “Bambino” immediately arouses interest amongst the memorabilia circuit, let alone one that is nearly 90 years old and has retained a majority of its original aesthetic qualities. Babe Ruth is the ultimate baseball icon, with legendary status reserved for the ultimate hero, that being him! For that reason alone, serious enthusiasts are constantly seeking his rarest memorabilia artifacts. Whether it is his hallowed rookie card, tough to find early 1920 caramel issues or the ever popular Goudey gum cards, there is an on-going frenzy to capture almost anything associated with his revered name, with only a handful most likely as popular as this coveted keepsake. A classic Babe Ruth “holding ball” half body image graces the elaborate oval frame, with the “Babe’s” hallowed pose reflecting fine contrast and vivid focus. Some faint surface wear is evident to the left and right of his head, as well as along his right extended forearm, ball in hand. One look at this Ruthian pose “freezes time”, literally removing the viewer from their present state and sending them back to an illustrious era when the “Babe” ruled our National Pastime. The corners and edging of this timeless piece are relatively intact, with the upper right and lower left corners exhibiting more moderate wear than the reaming two. Some slight wrinkles, barely visible to the naked eye, are also evident near the lower left border. The entire image is well centered, with the “horizontal centering only slightly favoring the right edge. The reverse side Yankees team listing and American Caramel Co. advertisement is bold and crystal clear, with some moderate soiling situated beneath the diagonal wrinkle along the lower right corner. Although this offering has been appropriately graded due to the aforementioned corner wrinkle, more significant is the strong mid-grade aesthetics radiating from this seldom seen artifact. The absolute splendor of our sacred hobby continues to be the on-going expectation of the next memorabilia “home run” that will surface. Early 1920’s cards of Babe Ruth, while already valuable, still retain significant growth potential via their low end population report counts and the player they represent. Seemingly impossible, that is the cases and with babe Ruth the undisputed all-time baseball icon, one would speculate that the price tags for his scarce, undervalued 1920’s issues will eventually soar to a stratospheric level!
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1922 E120 American Caramel Babe Ruth PSA 3 VG

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Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,662.80
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Friday, March 30, 2018.
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