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    The top Ruth rookie with this ultra-rare back!

    1916 Indianapolis Brewing Co. Babe Ruth #151 Rookie PSA VG-EX 4.
    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.
    But we're talking trading cards here, and personal opinion offers no such handy metrics with which one might construct a consensus ranking. All we can do is make our case, which we believe to be as compelling as it is clear and simple.

    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.

    Veteran hobbyists are well aware that this #151 card was issued with a number of different backs, with those relating to the venerable periodical "The Sporting News" commanding the heavy majority. Here we find one of just two Ruth rookies with the Indianapolis Brewing Co. advertising back, and the superior example of the pair. Prior to the find of this Ruth and the other IBC cards available in this auction, the entire population of all PSA-graded cards from the set was just twenty-five, making this one of the rarest backs in the entirety of the trading card hobby.

    Typical edge and corner wear and somewhat imprecise centering account for the listed grade, but the bold print, clean surfaces and absence of any creasing or staining provides aesthetics superior to its official assessment.

    Please note that a near-set of this issue is available in Session Two of this Platinum Night event.


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