Perhaps the most unique pose of the four Ruth cards in the 1933 Goudey set, no other card Goudey created in 1933 or 1934 possessed the unique styling and unusual vantage point portrayed on this Ruth card.
As with the other signed cards offered in this auction, Ruth’s broad, confident, sweeping signature dominates the front of the card, with the perfect style that can only be achieved with a vintage fountain pen.
The physical card itself would probably garner a Good+ 2.5 to VG 3 grade if not for the paper loss and glue residue on the card’s reverse. Obviously, this card was removed from a scrapbook. It also has a tiny ink spot along the bottom border of the cards front (possibly from the fountain pen) that would detract from grade.
But despite its defects, the card displays remarkably well and will most certainly appreciate in value as markets continue to climb.
In our opinion, one of the more endearing hallmarks of this card comes from the description of Ruth on the card’s reverse. Writers of the day, penned their descriptions in a more homespun style than used by 21st century content providers. A portion of the card’s text reads, "Box men say you can fool him on a certain ball once, but the next time he gets it, he is apt to hit it out of the park." The language itself connects you to an earlier time, a time of innocence.
If you’re considering this card, or any of the other Ruth listings in this auction, just remember, cards of Babe Ruth, autographed by the Babe himself, aren’t exactly commonplace in today’s world. So, we suggest you bid accordingly.