Graded VG-EX+ 4.5 by PSA. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Presented is an extraordinary high-grade E135 Collins-McCarthy card of Babe Ruth, one of Ruth's most significant, rarest, and in our opinion, most overlooked cards. We think the reason this card doesn't get the attention it deserves is simply because it is so rare. This is one of the premier early Ruth cards and one of the very few dating from the beginning of his legendary career. This is only the fifth example of this important card that we ever offered in the last sixteen years. (An SGC FAIR 20 example appeared as Lot #651 in REA's Fall 2017 sale, where it realized $90,000.) 1917 Collins-McCarthy candy cards are one of the few major card issues dating from the mid-teens. They are somewhat similar in design to the M101-4/5 Sporting News cards, are from the same general era, and also have 200 cards in the set, so they are somehow overshadowed by the popular M101-4/5 issues. E135 Collins-McCarthy cards, however, are considerably rarer, and were never issued as complete sets to the public. They are usually encountered only in small groups and usually in low grade. They were also produced on a slightly thinner stock (compared to M101-4/5) that is far more susceptible to wear, and with a very glossy surface, which is very prone to creasing. The offered card is bright, crisp, and perfectly clean, with flawless picture quality, extremely light corner wear, no creases, and outstanding centering. The card has an Ex-Mt appearance, but is technically VG-EX+ due to a tiny wrinkle on the lower right corner. The important advertising reverse is boldly printed and also perfectly clean. The image on this card is an early pitching pose of Ruth. It is interesting to note the image on this card is the very same used on Ruth's 1921 E121 American Caramel candy card. This is an exceptional high-grade example of one of Babe Ruth’s most elusive and important cards dating from very early in Ruth's career. Reserve $25,000. Estimate (open).