1916 M101-5 #151 Babe Ruth Rookie Blank Back SGC 70 5.5 EX+ BAMBINO!!! On May 25, 1935, Babe Ruth had his encore performance at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, clouting three home runs in a single game for the forth time in his career, sixth, when you add the two times he did in World Series play. Fast forward to present day and the Bambino's celebrity has yet to fade. In fact, an argument can be made that he's as popular as he's ever been, as is evident by a reader's poll in USA Today that voted him the "Greatest Sports Star of all Time".
It is with great pleasure that Memory Lane is offering one of the finest examples extant of the baseball card that has quickly become the most iconic and coveted card in the industry. The 1916 M101-5 Sporting News #151 Babe Ruth Rookie Card graded SGC 70 EX+. This outstanding card is the blank-backed variation and features a classic pose of Ruth as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox. This card is the epitome of a Babe Ruth collectible, and the offered example is the epitome of what a 1915 Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie Card should be. This is not a t206 card that became famous for being pulled from production, due to the player not wanting to be associated with tobacco. Nor is it a gum card of a great player that had quit playing ball 15 years prior to the release of the set in which his card was purposefully left out of the manufacturer's population in order to increase sales.
This is the Rookie Card of the man that single-handedly saved our National Pastime, and changed the way the game was played for evermore. In our humble opinion, this is the most important card in the hobby, and this offered SGC 70 card, has seen only one other example that has equaled the given grade, with NONE GRADED HIGHER of the 10 cards that have ever been submitted to SGC. Add in the dozen examples that have been graded by PSA, and you have a known population of a scant 22 Ruth Rookie Cards that have ever been graded by the two leading authenticators in the hobby. This is a card that we couldn't recommend higher and would be the centerpiece in any collection.
MIN BID $25,000
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