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    1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie #151 PSA EX-MT 6. If 1927 found the Sultan of Swat at the very peak of his slugging prime, there's no question that 1916 was the season that Babe Ruth most clearly distinguished himself as the sport's premier southpaw pitcher. He'd face the legendary Walter Johnson five times that year, winning four, two by a score of one to nothing--his nine shutouts in 1916 would be a lefty high-water mark until Ron Guidry tied it in 1978. His 1.75 ERA led all American Leaguers. But Ruth's 1916 campaign is best remembered for his fourteen-inning complete game victory in Game Two of the World Series, the longest in postseason history.

    But as coveted as this card must have been to the Royal Rooters of Boston who maintained a cacophonous presence in the home stands throughout the early decades of the twentieth century, this special relic has taken on a virtually religious significance among baseball historians and collectors alike over the ensuing decades. It is, without question, one of the most coveted and valuable of entries documented between the covers of The Standard Catalog.

    Only fourteen examples of this card, with its "The Sporting News" advertising back, appear in the full population of the hobby's leading grading service, and this specimen distinguishes itself even within that tiny supply. It is one of four assessed at the EX-MT 6 level, bested only by a single NM 7 and NM-MT 8 respectively. The card is precisely registered and nearly perfectly centered, with corners far sharper than all but a scant few contemporary specimens. A small stain at the lower left corner of the image is the primary detraction, and it appears to us to be some form of adhesive that might very well be removed with the proper methodology. We can make no guarantees, of course, though it's safe to say that a successful attempt would garner a sizeable financial reward. The majesty of the card is hardly undone by this minor fault, however, as the elite PSA rating would confirm.

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