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    From the John Esch Collection. Arguably the hobby's most important rookie card...

    1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie #151 SGC VG+ 3.5. How does one measure supremacy? For many years, when it came to Babe Ruth, the answer was as simple as an examination of his stat line. It's been said that records are made to be broken, but Ruth positively shattered them, dismissing the standards of incremental advancement for a paradigm shift that serves as the clearest evidence of the sport's transition from Dead Ball Era to Live. Some records have fallen, occasionally with help from medical science, but any argument that Ruth was not the most dominant athlete in sports history is doomed to burial beneath a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

    With affectionate deference to the T206 Wagner and the 1952 Topps Mantle, cards well-deserving of their placement at the ceiling of the trading card pantheon, we are inclined to assign the primary ranking criterion to the identity of the subject. In this regard, the argument for Ruth has already been made. Certainly the matters of happenstance that made the Wagner and Mantle cards the hobby's most famous short-prints remain a point of intrigue--and each card pictures a true baseball legend--but there can only be one King, and that has to be Ruth.

    From that point, we fall very much in line with the collecting dogma that has held sway over the trading card community for generations: All hail the rookie! There is only one universally recognized Babe Ruth rookie card, and this is it. Issued during a season that saw the future Home Run King raise his career total to seven, the card presents beautifully over a century later, with the standard edge and corner wear inherent to virtually all Dead Ball Era cardboard, but providing superior aesthetics with a bold and well-registered central image. Verso bears a boldly stamped advertisement for The Sporting News.


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    February, 2021
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