Lot # 918: 1948 Topps Magic Photo #6K Babe Ruth PSA NM 7 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2020",
which ran from 7/24/2020 12:00 PM to
8/16/2020 6:00 PM



Graded NM 7 by PSA. This is one of only two examples graded at this level with none higher! Exceptional ultra high-grade example of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Babe Ruth from the 1948 Topps "Magic Photoā€¯ set. Most assume that the first Topps card issues were in 1951. In fact, the very first Topps card issue was the "Magic Photos" set of 1948. This was also Topps' first baseball-card set. These "self-developing" cards (7/8 x 1-7/16 inches) were called "Magic Photos" because when issued they had blank fronts, and the sepia photos on the fronts could be developed by youngsters by exposing them to the sun. This set has always been very popular among nonsport collectors, but its great significance as Topps' first baseball card set has never fully been appreciated by baseball-card collectors. This may be due, in part, to the fact that the self-developing process produced very inconsistent results, and many cards that have survived have photos that are very poorly developed. The set is complete at 252 subjects (issued in two series), ranging from baseball players (nineteen in total) and boxers to various nonsport topics, including famous movie stars, buildings, famous personalities, cowboys, championship dogs, etc. Babe Ruth is the key to the set. The offered example is superb in every way, with a crisp image, perfect registration, and four strong corners. Clean, boldly printed reverse. This is a very scarce high-grade example from this extremely fascinating issue, which has always been somewhat overlooked by collectors. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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