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    The earliest card featuring the Babe as a member of the Yankees!

    1917-20 Felix Mendelsohn M101-6 Babe Ruth Yankees SGC VG 3. Only readers of "The Sporting News" had access to these ultra-rare premiums issued by Chicago sports photographer and publisher Felix Mendelsohn, who advertised his wares in that popular publication. As with any set containing him, Babe Ruth is far and away the key card. Those printed in the first three years of the promotion feature the young southpaw as a member of the Boston Red Sox, and while Mendelsohn did not update the image following the historic transaction that set "The Curse of the Bambino" into motion, he did make note of the Babe's new affiliation.

    That "C.F. Yankees" text beneath the name of our national pastime's most important figure assures the latest possible vintage of the Mendelsohn issue but the earliest for Ruth's paradigm-shifting service to the pinstriped cause. We should also note that the more common Red Sox variants identify the subject by surname only, debuting his iconic nickname only for the 1920 Yankees update.

    As any veteran of the cardboard trade is well aware, oversized premiums such as this one (6.5x4.5") trod a far more treacherous path to a century of survival than those produced at more modest physical dimensions. While this specimen is properly assessed at a VG 3 rating by the standards of professional card grading, this expansive premium is a miracle of preservation for suffering nothing more than some typical corner wear considering the elevated complications of storage. An absolute showpiece, and an image that would likely soar close to $100,000 if it were simply a photograph of the Babe as a Red Sox pitcher.


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