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    1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth #151 SGC 20 Fair 1.5. This card represents a perfect commingling of two important pieces of Americana, in The Sporting News and Babe Ruth, which have withstood the test of time and remain relevant to our nation's landscape even today. While it may be argued that the M101-5 predates the M101-4, it does now appear that both were issued in 1916. Given that both versions utilize the same image and card number, it is safe to call each Ruth's first Major League card. In recent years, the card has become acknowledged as one of the most recognizable and highly sought baseball card rarities. Ruth, at age 20, appeared in 32 games for the Sox in 1915 and finished the season at 19-8; numbers making him worthy of inclusion in the 200-card issue of 1916. The Sporting News advertisement on reverse merits special mention, as this card was issued with a blank back or various other regional advertisements as well. The Sporting News was its most prominent sponsor and remains the most familiar. The Fair 1.5 assessment is due in large part to the heavy creasing at the top and center of the card, which is only noticeable upon closer inspection thanks to its black-and-white color. In fairness, a considerable amount of corner wear is also present. Overall the card presents rather nicely, and is sure to be a cornerstone of one lucky new owner's elite collection.

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