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    1922 E121 American Caramel Babe Ruth (Photo Montage) PSA Mint 9. The year 1922 had been a tumultuous one for the superstar slugger, whose poor behavior had kept the Babe in the scandal rags, and out of the line-up, far more than a man earning over three times as much as his next biggest player's salary should be. After missing six weeks at the beginning of the season due to Judge Landis' suspension for barnstorming infractions, Ruth went just five days before being stripped of his captain's stripes for throwing dirt at an umpire and then directing a vulgar gesture at a heckler in the stands. In mid-June, he was tossed twice on consecutive days. By August, Ruth had been suspended by the League five times. Yankees team owner Jacob Ruppert labored hard to rein in his expensive superstar's self-destructive habits, receiving in response one of the Babe's more memorable lines:

    "I'll promise to go easier on drinking and to get to bed earlier, but not for you, fifty thousand dollars, or two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars will I give up women. They're too much fun."

    In the midst of this turmoil surrounding the game's headline attraction, a new baseball palace slowly began to rise from a former lumberyard just across the Harlem River from the Polo Grounds where the Yankees shared an uneasy cohabitation with the New York Giants. It was a period of great upheaval for a team on the brink of an unprecedented era of glory.

    Though the Yankees would fall yet again to their landlords in the 1922 World Series, Babe Ruth remained the game's most electrifying figure throughout his 110 games of 1922 action, leading the American League with a .672 slugging percentage and sending thirty-five souvenirs into the outfield bleachers.

    We find two photographic portraits of baseball's brilliant bad boy on this remarkable rarity, the single representation of this Ruth varietal to achieve a Mint 9 assessment. In fact, of all six Ruth entries in the E121 American Caramel issue, only four representations have climbed this high, with no Gem Mint 10's issued.

    A condition report leaves us with little to do but spout superlatives, as the corners are sharp, the registration clear, the surfaces clean. Unquestionably one of the finest early Ruth cards in the hobby.


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