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1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 U.S. Patent/Copyright Card PSA Authentic. Every reason why men and women of all ages who collect baseball cards do so seems to be explained in this one three-inch tall piece of cardboard. It would be all too simple to just say, "It's Babe Ruth." We all know Ruth went beyond just playing the game. He was the essence of the Depression-era game, and his impact on society at large was no less than one afforded to royalty or presidents. To paraphrase Ruth when asked why he should make more than the President of the USA, he said it's because "he was having a better year." And he was right. One the field there was none greater than Babe Ruth and to fans young and old he was the "Elvis" of his time. This card captures that and the artist obviously knew his craft. His full-figure batting pose reaches from the very bottom to top, a reflection of the gigantic status held by a man ironically called a babe. He was strength in an era of colossus mental weakness. A noticeable lack of surrounding accouchements is a subconscious message that next to the Babe, what else is needed? Even his head is placed on the glowing sky where one would expect to see the rising sun. This is no mere illustration, this is pure Renaissance art. This is not just any other Babe Ruth card.

Offered is a one-of-a-kind 1933 Goudey card #144, the same card used by Goudey and the United States Printing and Lithographic Co. of Brooklyn, NY to secure copyright protection from unauthorized reproduction with the United States Copyright Office. It is believed the patent or file/copyright cards were among the very first cards produced, each carefully hand cut from a fully printed sheet. This card comes from the find from a quarter century ago. It is the only known example. Each copyright submission card is identified on the reverse with its own unique, official copyright registration number and date received. The U.S. Copyright Office employee must have felt privileged to issue and stamp this very card with the now Ruthian number "CIA 127685", dated "SEP -6 1933". The card shows no creasing, wrinkling and very little corner wear. Colors have remained very rich and bright, the surrounding border is a clean, frosty white. Encapsulated PSA Authentic "File/Copyright."

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