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Among the most legendary and historic opportunities in the sports collectibles universe, Collectable is thrilled to present a Babe Ruth 1916 Sporting News Rookie Card to our community. Graded PSA 7, some collectors argue this is the iconic investment piece of the pre war era and arguably the most important trading card in the world. The hobby has experienced numerous multi-million dollar sales in 2021, including Mantle '52 Topps PSA 9 for $5.2m, Luka Doncic RC for $4.6m and Tom Brady RC for $2.25. Given his outsized impact on the game of baseball, American history and culture, The Bambino deserves his spot near the top of the list.


Babe Ruth, nicknamed “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat”, is considered baseball’s first great slugger and the most celebrated athlete of his time. He won 7 World Series championships and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team, and All-Time Team. His career spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935, beginning as a star left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Yet he achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164). Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture.


● According to PSA’s Card Facts, “This is the rookie card of the greatest player who ever lived. It is one of the most difficult cards overall…it pictures a young Ruth, firing the ball as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox before they traded him to the rival New York Yankees.”
● Graded a 7 by PSA, sports collectibles leading grading agency. According to PSA, there are only 2 PSA 7’s with the blank back, with 5 overall in circulation. The highest grade registered for this issue is an 8, with no recorded 9’s or 10’s.
● According to Mile High Auctions, “Aside from the T206 Honus Wagner and arguably a handful of other examples created over the 150+ years of baseball history, there is no more significant baseball card to define a collection in terms of world class ranking" than the 1916 M101 Babe Ruth rookie card.
●Another Ruth 1916 Sporting News RC PSA 7 was up for auction at Heritage with an appraised value of $4 million+; however, the reserve price was not met.
● High graded examples are incredibly scarce and rarely surface for ownership - making this a historic opportunity for fractional investors.
● A highly condition sensitive card, the card is often found off-center, as well as being extremely susceptible to corner and surface damage.
● In March 2021, a PSA 6 copy of the similar 1916 M101-5 Sporting News Babe Ruth went for $940,831. There are four (4) PSA 6’s in circulation. The last public sale of a PSA 7 was for $552,000 in May, 2017. In August, 2016, another one sold for $717,000. Since then, the values of many iconic sports cards have risen dramatically.
● The M101-4 Sporting News set was handed out as a premium, likely through several different stores and offers. The basic checklist has 200 cards, although there are several variations that have the names of different stores and businesses stamped across the back. Some also have ads for The Sporting News. This particular card is a blank back version.
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