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    1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth #147 SGC Authentic. From the Cleary collection. Heritage has recorded several six-figure prices for the various incarnations of the #151 card of the 1916 Babe Ruth rookie, most notably a $717,000 result for the M101-5 Sporting News beauty achieved in August 2016. That card saw circulation under numerous brand names and anonymous blank backs. Dozens are recorded in the PSA and SGC census reports. The offered trading card, issued just a year later, makes that 1916 rookie issue seem common by comparison, one of a dozen appear in the SGC report, the PSA population listing adds another sixteen. The photograph of the young Red Sox southpaw warming up in March 1915 spring training.

    Verso bears advertising text for "Collins-McCarthy Candy Co.," a company whose primary claim to hobby fame derives from its status as the source for the Zeenut issue dedicated to the Pacific Coast League that thrived near its San Francisco headquarters. Certainly the regional distribution of this Collins-McCarthy set is a primary factor in its rarity today. The majority of known examples from this issue are quite significantly battered and plagued by handling and storage wear which our card shows but the obvious lower right corner is the culprit for the SGC Assessment. This is only the second Ruth example we've ever had the privilege to offer, further evidence to the scarcity that should render condition quibbles moot.

    Encapsulated SGC Authentic. One of only a dozen noted on the SGC census. Condition aliments aside, his classic central portrait is marginally affected leaving a pleasing portrait of a young "Babe" looking forward into baseball immortality.

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