Lot # 2054: Extremely Rare March 1916 Sporting Life - Babe Ruth's First Cover!

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/23/2021 12:00 PM to
8/15/2021 9:00 PM

Presented is a March 4, 1916, issue of Sporting Life featuring Hall of Famer Babe Ruth on the cover, marking his first appearance on a national publication. Although identified as “Pitcher Hubert Leonard of the Boston A.L. Club” on the cover, the image is distinctly the legendary Ruth very early in his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Sporting Life was a weekly newspaper that, according to its masthead, was "Devoted To Sportsmen and General Athletes." The paper was founded in 1883 by Francis Richter and just seven years later had the largest circulation of any sports paper in the country. The paper is best known by collectors today for a number of card sets it issued over the years, including the 1910-1911 M116 series and the 1902-1911 W600 series. Early baseball publications in which Ruth is pictured with the Red Sox are exceedingly rare. This is only the third example of this rare issue that we have seen, and it is the first we have ever handled. The newspaper (11 x 14.5 inches), which is remarkably well preserved, remains complete as issued, with a few tiny edge tears affecting both the front and back covers, none of which significantly detract from its overall Excellent appearance. A remarkable example worthy of the finest Babe Ruth collection! Reserve $1,000.

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