Heartland March 2020 Auction
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"I don’t room with Babe Ruth. I room with Babe Ruth’s suitcase.” -Ping Bodie, Babe Ruth’s Roommate

The Sport Kings Gum set remains one of the most vibrant and alluring multi-sport sets ever produced. Using colorful photo based illustrations, the set displayed a charm and appeal that extended to young and old alike. One of the most endearing elements of every card is the silhouette vignette near the bottom of each card. The Ruth vignette remains among our favorites based upon the batter’s perfect Ruthian follow-through. While a minor touch, the illustration provides a tiny bit of reality and a reminder of Ruth’s formidable swing. Graded at a lofty NM/MT 8, this incredible card looks as though it just emerged from the pack, laden with sugar from the stick of pink bubble gum that would have been lying against it. With vivid colors and glistening white borders, this Ruth would most certainly have made the pressman who printed the card proud of his craft. The very lightest hint of handling on the card’s reverse probably keeps the grade to an eight, but we certainly cannot find fault with the card. As for the card’s subject, what more can we say about Babe Ruth. In one of our favorite quotes, Ruth was once described in the following manner, “In an age of conspicuous consumption, Ruth was the world’s most conspicuous consumer.” Everything Ruth did was bigger than life. Everything. Whether it was swinging hard and connecting, swinging hard and missing, painting the town to the delight of New York’s fast moving crowds or holding court to a band of boys at an orphanage, whatever Ruth did, he did in a larger than life way that simply connected with people. Beyond being the most recognized man in the world during the 1920’s and 30’s, it was also said he was the most popular man in the world. Unless you were a Red Sox fan, it was hard not to like Babe Ruth. At age 38 in 1933, Ruth had a great year, but not a Ruthian year. Age was beginning to take its toll, along with Ruth’s lifestyle. Still, a season with a .301 batting average, 34 roundtrippers and 104 RBI’s is extremely impressive. But for Ruth, they were the lowest numbers of his career, for a year without long injuries, since he joined the Yankees. Of particular note, for Ruth’s 1933 season, the great slugger hit a home run to win the first All Star Game, in conjunction with the Chicago World’s Fair. And Ruth also pitched his final big league game. On the final day of the season, Joe McCarthy allowed Ruth to take the mound one last time. The aging Ruth faced his old team, defeating the Red Sox 6-5, while hurling a complete game and hitting a home run, much to the delight of the 25,000 fans who witnessed the event at Yankee Stadium. It was probably also the last time a lineup card was issued with the starting pitcher hitting third.

1933 Sport Kings Gum #2 Babe Ruth SGC 8 NM-MT
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Auction closed on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
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