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    1922 E121 American Caramel Co. Series of 120 Babe Ruth PSA MINT 9 - Pop Two, None Higher. NOTE: A typo was corrected.

    "I wish him all the luck in the world,"
    Yankees teammate Frank "Home Run" Baker told the press midway through the 1921 season. "He has everybody else, including myself, hopelessly outclassed." It's likely that the aging star of Connie Mack's "$100,000 Infield" felt a bit sheepish about his own moniker as he shared a dugout with Ruth, having never put more than a dozen into the seats during any season of his own career. It had taken the Babe just twenty-five games to match Baker's best during that spectacular 1921 season, one commonly considered the finest of Ruth's storied career. And so it was not just the frequency but also the impossible trajectory of Ruth's home runs that etched his name ever more indelibly into living American folklore which slammed the door forever on the Dead Ball Era. The decadent Roaring Twenties had found its perfect athletic representative, larger than life in every way.

    The provided trading card serves as an intriguing sign-post at the crossroads where the game found itself in those earliest days of the 1920's as well as baseball cards themselves. The 1909-11 golden years gave way to less endeavors during years of war with the 1919-20 era seeing just sparse, cheaply made sets that fail to compare to the revival in 1921 by the American Caramel Company.

    Graded PSA Mint 9. One of two graded Mint with none higher for this card, any other Ruth card and the entire series for that matter. Considering the thin stock of the E121 issues it almost seems this card should not exist in such immaculate condition. While some may be bemused by the fact baseball's greatest star is "Holding a Bird" we are grateful for any chance to experience how impressive a close to flawless, certified "MINT" condition card looks like without the "Black Swamp" pedigree. The width goes slightly past the 2" mark and is a perfect 3-1/4" in height. From a total set population of almost 1,800 entries, how perfect it is that among the 1% that has earned rating of NM-MT or better one is the king of baseball as this card will certainly be king of any collection in which is resides.

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    November, 2018
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
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