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    1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth #147 SGC Fair 1.5. Although not Babe Ruth's rookie card debut, our offered card was issued just a year later and makes that 1916 rookie issue seem downright common by comparison, one of only eleven appearing in the SGC population listing. It is similar to its older siblings, as it features a different image of a young Red Sox southpaw warming up in March 1915 spring training.

    The 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. While the "Baseball's Hall of Fame" is a common phrase today, remember, this card appeared some twenty years before the doors to Cooperstown swung open for the first time.

    Graded SGC Fair 1.5. The majority of known exemplars from this issue are quite significantly battered and plagued with ailments plus poor centering, making the perfect balance found here all the more remarkable. The bulk of the handling and storage wear that accounts for the Fair rating derives from the multiple creases that have failed to reduce visual enjoyment, thus supplying an aesthetic far superior to the technical grade. This is one of just four Ruth examples we've ever had the privilege to offer, further evidence to the scarcity that should render condition quibbles moot.

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    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
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