Lot # 3: 1915 Boston Red Sox Real-Photo Team Postcard with Babe Ruth (Rookie)

Starting Bid: $25,000.00

Bids: 34 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM

Presented is one of the great treasures of all Babe Ruth cards and all baseball postcards: the classic "American League Champions" 1915 real-photo postcard of the Boston Red Sox dating from Babe Ruth's rookie season. Graded VG 3 by PSA. The postcard pictures the Boston Red Sox in a posed team photo, including Babe Ruth, who is seen standing in the back row. Each member of the club is identified in print atop his image, including Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, Joe Wood, and manager Bill Carrigan. "The Boston Red Sox - American League Champions - Season 1915" appears in white letters below. This postcard has long been recognized as one of the premier baseball postcards in the collecting world, as well as representing one of the very few cards which can truly lay claim to being Babe Ruth's rookie card. In addition to its great rarity, this may be the very first card featuring Babe Ruth with the Boston Red Sox in the Major Leagues. (The traditional M101-4/5 card of Ruth dates from 1916.) The card (5.5 x 3.5 inches), which has not been addressed or mailed, displays a tiny diagonal crease in the lower left corner and a tiny area of surface paper loss in the lower right corner, as well as light-to-moderate surface wear on the reverse. It should be noted the frontal flaws are quite unobtrusive and the card otherwise displays as Ex-Mt, with the photo displaying exceptional clarity and contrast. This is truly a stunning example of one of Ruth's most important cards, and one that would be among the highlights of even the most advanced baseball-card or baseball-postcard collections. Reserve $25,000. Estimate (open).

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