Lot # 29: Extremely Rare 1933 Uncle Jacks Candy Babe Ruth "King of Swat" PSA GOOD+ 2.5 - Highest Graded PSA Example!

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 25 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Steel17",
which ran from 2/15/2017 10:00 AM to
3/17/2017 9:00 PM



Offered is one of the rarest Babe Ruth cards within the entire hobby, the 1933 Uncle Jacks Babe Ruth “King of Swat” card. As of this writing, there were only seven examples of this Ruthian specimen graded by PSA with the highest numbered example receiving a GOOD+ 2.5 grade.While this offered example is graded “only” a PSA GOOD+ 2.5, we feel very confident this particular card is by far the nicest looking 1933 Uncle Jacks Ruth card in the entire hobby, appearing NM/MT in every respect.This is the highest Babe Ruth PSA graded Uncle Jacks example of the miniscule 7 examples graded by the third party authenticator.The Uncle Jacks cards came in four distinct color tint variations (blue, green, red and purple) and were distributed in New England, with the majority being in the Springfield, MA area with the popular Uncle Jacks candy and a redeemable coupon. As was standard practice in the 1920s-30s, the coupons could be redeemed for baseball related prizes. This card is offered with an original example of the pink coupon.By the time 1933 rolled around, Babe Ruth was already the most popular PERSON in the entire country, and his likeness on a piece of cardboard was part of almost every set issued during that time. This Uncle Jacks set is one of the ultra-rare sets of the day, with the Ruth card (one of 30 cards in the set) being the highest in demand. As mentioned earlier, this offered card displays in NM/MT condition, with four razor sharp corners, tremendous focus and is very well centered. The image is crisp and well-focused. However, on the reverse there is a small area which appears to have been scraped in some manner, but does not appear to have been an intended alteration. It is very subtle and is not a factor at first glance.Not many of these Uncle Jacks Babe Ruth treasures have changed hands, with a sale in August 2016 for a PSA GOOD 2 example trading for about $33,000. That card looked like a PSA 2, with corner wear and several light creases. While our example has a similar numerical grade, its aesthetics are much more pleasing to the eye, and we feel this is the nicest looking example in the entire hobby. There may not be another chance for quite some time to obtain one of the rarest Babe Ruth cards in the entire hobby, and when rarity and Ruthian is in the same sentence, technical grades are a secondary factor.

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