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    1917 Collins-McCarthy (E135) Babe Ruth #147 SGC NM-MT 8. 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. It's a card that properly holds sway as one of the Dead Ball Era's most coveted and valuable, a function of both the enormous significance of its subject and the razor-thin population surviving the century since its production.

    The offered trading card, issued just a year later, makes that 1916 rookie issue seem downright common by comparison, one of just ten appearing in the SGC population, and resting so comfortably above its fellow inhabitants that it would require three full steps down the grading ladder to encounter another. We should note that PSA likewise offers no representation superior to EX 5. In fact, only nine submissions from the entire 200-card issue have reached the NM-MT 8 level with either top grading service.

    In every other physical regard, the Collins-McCarthy Ruth is nearly identical to its older "rookie" siblings, the photograph of the young Red Sox southpaw clearly deriving from the same shoot, and the lower border text appearing in identical font and format. The image finds Ruth 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 condition is absolutely stunning, as the listed grade would suggest, the relic seemingly untouched by human hands and likely restricted from an even higher perch only by a slight eastward shift in centering. Unquestionably one of the most remarkable Dead Ball Era condition-rarities we have been privileged to present.


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    February, 2021
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
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