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    1916 M101-4 The Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie #151 PSA VG 3 (MK). Babe Ruth is unquestionably the greatest star ever produced by our National Pastime. His journey from humble beginnings from a Baltimore orphanage to the absolute pinnacle of wealth and international fame is the very essence of the American dream. He was a man of monumental celebrity and yet his entire persona is completely embodied in one wholly innocent nickname - "Babe."

    Only the tales found within Greek mythology can compare. Certainly Ruth wasn't a god, but he was a titan of his day. The way he twirled his cap as he trotted around the bases on those surprisingly skinny legs after another tremendous home run blast or the ever-lasting grin that made life-long fans of both men and women alike. During World War II, along with a barrage of bullets and bombs, yells of "To hell with Babe Ruth!" was a great insult by the Japanese forces on their American enemies. Babe Ruth was the embodiment, the personification, of America.

    Babe Ruth appeared in just about every trading card promotion available at the time. Today, the one card that has the most magnetic pull is his first card... his rookie card. His debut is card #151 from the M101-4 and M101-5 series from 1916. Ruth was a fit and lean pitcher just coming into his own. 1916 also happened to be Ruth's best season from the mound posting a 23-12 record (9 shutouts) with a 1.75 ERA. He only hit three home runs that season.

    Graded PSA VG 3 (MK). There are fourteen entries on the PSA census. The base grade is a reflection of the consistent and certainly anticipated and wholly reasonable corner wear with some slight wrinkling close to the upper/left corner of note. There are no other creases or wrinkles, no surface damage and just some mild soiling along a portion of the left edge. The "The Sporting News" reverse is blemish free. The "MK" qualifier is a not just a random pencil or ink mark made by a youngster bored during a rainy afternoon. This card was auctioned by Heritage in 2014. It was consigned by the family of the original owner who acquired a set in 1916. The original owner had the habit of taking cards to baseball games and using them as a type of score card. How perfect this card displays the ink notations "hit" and of course "Home Run." This is a perfect card for the hobbyist who appreciates this historical card and its unique connection to a previous fan.

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