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    Population two, only six finer!

    1921 E121 American Caramel Co. Series of 80 Babe Ruth PSA EX 5. "I wish him all the luck in the world," Yankees teammate Frank "Home Run" Baker told the press midway through the 1921 season. "He has everybody else, including myself, hopelessly outclassed."

    It's likely that the aging star of Connie Mack's "$100,000 Infield" felt a bit sheepish about his own moniker as he shared a dugout with Ruth, having never put more than a dozen into the seats during any season of his own career. It had taken the Babe just twenty-five games to match Baker's best during that spectacular 1921 season, one commonly considered the finest of Ruth's storied career. One of those early clouts, off inaugural Hall of Fame classmate Walter Johnson, cleared the high center field wall of Griffith Stadium, landing 520 feet from home plate. Two months later, Ruth escaped Navin Field with a shot estimated between 575 and 600 feet, the longest verified home run in Major League history. He'd clear the double-deck roof of the Polo Grounds two weeks after that.

    By season's end, the Babe would belt at least one 500-plus foot blast in each of the eight American League ballparks.

    And so it was not just the frequency but also the impossible trajectory of Ruth's home runs that etched his name ever more indelibly into living American folklore in 1921, and slammed the door forever on the Dead Ball Era. The decadent Roaring Twenties had found its perfect athletic representative, larger than life in every way.

    The provided trading card serves as an intriguing sign post at the crossroads where the game found itself in those earliest days of the 1920's. Look closely at the jersey that Ruth wears in the card's obverse image and you'll see it's a Red Sox model, with the subject's printed identification as "Babe Ruth, R.F. - New York Americans" serving to document a transaction that would send the fortunes of the two rival franchises in opposite directions.

    There is little more than standard corner wear to report in a condition assessment of this important rarity, and this example outshines its posted grade with some of the best image registration we've encountered from the issue. A particularly fine example of one of the first cardboard commemoratives to identify Ruth as a Yankee.


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