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    1933 Butter Cream Babe Ruth PSA EX 5 - A Relic of Hobby History. The history of this hobby is filled with events that range from the mundane to mythological. This card is so legendary Homer himself would be cautious at the tales surrounding its existence. What we do know is that in 1933 the Butter Cream Confectionery Corp. produced what was thought was a 29-card set of baseball player trading cards that were really contest forms where youngsters and adults young at heart were to guess a players final batting average as of October 1st. (Note: There are also cards where the guess date is Sept. 1st.) Oddly, that is all we currently know about these noticeably elusive cards. The cards with the Sept. 1 date don't even ,mention the Butter Cream name on them. Usually, a card of such rarity is connected to limiting contest prizes but to this day there is no proof that is why this card is so rare. Did you get a prize for collecting the 30-card set? Did one receive a prize for just the Ruth card?

    History was made at the 1989 National when what was described as a very poor condition example of the 30th Butter Cream made its debut and that card was none other than Babe Ruth! This was certainly a card met with "believe it when I see it" skepticism. But there it was. Naysayers be damned. The amazement did not end there, as it was not the only example known. A second card attempted to sell at auction but never met the $100,000 opening bid. In the following years another two or three examples did became known. Only to add to the myth surrounding this card is the fact that the first known example is now gone. Gone much-like the cases of 1952 Topps high numbers Sy Berger placed into the waters of the Atlantic. This time it was the famous - now infamous - collector Barry Halper who claims to have forgotten about the card when opening a package that contained another item, along with the shipping box and packing material were thrown away, and is now in a landfill wherever New York refuse ends up.

    Graded PSA EX 5. One of two in EX with none higher, if that even matters as less than ten have been confirmed to exist based on census reports. The PSA census has five entries. The SGC census lists four cards, none grading higher than one in Excellent. If condition is that meaningful e can say the card shows nothing but some modest wear at the corners. The world's supply is even less if any one or more are actually resubmissions. It doesn't even matter as this is a card that is virtually never-seen let alone available at auction. Only three auction listings have been found dating back to 2000.


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