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    1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 SGC NM+ 7.5. It is perhaps our favorite image of the game's greatest figure, a status it would retain even had it not been created for inclusion in the first great baseball bubble gum trading card issue. It's a matter of personal taste, of course--others might prefer the full form posture of the #144 card, or the tighter focus on that image used for #53 and #149, but the deft brush work, the delicate detail of this #181 portrait sets this work apart from that which spawned the other three Ruth representations of the 1933 Goudey set. It's the most "honest" work, losing the soft focus that turns the other work into an homage to a legend rather than a study of a man, one who finds himself on the downward slope of a storied career here. The deep lines on his face tell the tale of a life lived to the fullest.

    Graded SGC NM+ 7.5. This is a very sharp card where horizontal centering is the primary obstacle to greater SGC acclaim. The clean, white borders surround a portrait of immaculate color quality and precision print registration resulting in a portrait of unquestionable sharpness and detail. The visual appeal of this card is why we collect! The four Babe Ruth cards from the Goudey series are among the hottest sellers right now, and not a single one has a silver foil edition number.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 22
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