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    One of the hobby's most important rookie cards

    1916 M101-5 Blank Back Babe Ruth #151 PSA EX 5. Babe Ruth is unquestionably the greatest star ever produced by our National Pastime. His humble beginnings from an orphanage in a poor section of Baltimore, Maryland to the absolute pinnacle of wealth and international fame is the very essence of the American dream and proof of the opportunity this country can provide. Yes, his "Ruthian" appetites for wine, women, food and song manifested into the round belly and big, smiling face that made him so endearing to children and adults alike.

    During World War II, along with a barrage of bullets and bombs, yells of "To hell with Babe Ruth!" was the greatest insult to an American that Japanese forces could conceive. Babe Ruth was the embodiment, the personification, of America. During his career, Babe Ruth appeared in just about every trading card promotion made available. If Ruth wasn't in it, why bother collecting it? Today, from the dozens of choices the one card that has the most magnetic pull on the senses is of course his first card... his rookie card. Among the first cards Ruth appeared on came out with Ruth being the 151st subject of a mammoth (for the time) 200-card promotion the ACC refers to as M101-5, just two seasons into his legendary rise to baseball immortality in 1916. When issued, Ruth was a fit and lean pitcher just coming into his own. The year this card appeared would be Ruth's best season from the mound posting a 23-12 record (9 shutouts) with a 1.75 ERA. He only hit three home runs that season.

    Graded PSA EX 5. This is the ideal "excellent" card. There are no wrinkles, creases, surface loss or chipping. Even centering is close to precise and some wear at corners is the lone element to note. We should all be so well preserved when we are a century old. It is the perfect exemplar of a middle grade example of what certainly must be the most desired card within all the hobby!


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    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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