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    1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth #147 PSA Good 2. 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 a dozen appearing in the PSA population listing, one of a pair at its grade with four superior. 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 set has 435 total representatives on the PSA census. That is a feeble number for a set that is complete at 200 cards.

    Graded PSA Good 2. The delicate stock has resulted in the majority of known exemplars from this issue battered and plagued by poor centering. The bulk of the handling and storage wear appear as creasing but none lessening the integrity of the card thus supplying an aesthetic far superior to the technical grade. This is only the second Ruth example we've ever had the privilege to offer, further evidence to the scarcity that should silence any condition quibbling.

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    November, 2018
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
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