An ideal spokesperson for everything from sporting goods to underwear, Babe Ruth was the subject on a 1928 six-card set issued by the eponymously named “George Ruth Candy Company.” Encapsulated and Graded NM 7 by PSA, this #2 “Knocked Out 60 Home Runs in 1927” specimen is the highest graded and lone example at its tier. Pinpoint centering and crisp imagery of Ruth in action during a 1924 promotional tour are the eye-catching elements on this scarce blank-backed collectible. Razor sharp edges/corners are consistent with the lofty technical assessment. Denied royalties by the Curtiss Candy Co., which claimed its 1921 “Baby Ruth” treat had been named after former President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth (who had been dead for 17 years when the candy was issued), Ruth, "the Babe," proceeded with his own candy endeavor. This item has a reserve. Estimated value ($2750-$4000)
With this (October 2012) auction, we are starting a new section called “Items With Reserves”. It will be its own section regardless of the type of item (for now). The reason we are starting this is to allow us to offer more unique and special items, while also giving our consignors the assurance that the items will at least reach a certain minimum. The way we are going to structure this section is as follows: all items in the reserve section will have an opening bid and an estimated value range. The reserve bid on any item in this section will never be greater than the low value in the estimated range. By starting the bidding below the reserve price it will allow our bidders to get their initial bids in prior to the 10:00pm cutoff time for “initial bids” on the final day of the auction and then all eligible bidders can decide what they want their final bid to be on that day. The items in this section will have a statement in the bid box saying either “Reserve Not Met” or “Reserve Met”. Those two phrases should be self-explanatory. If you are entering a ceiling bid on one of these items and your ceiling bid exceeds the reserve, the computer will only take you to the number that equals the reserve. The remaining amount of your ceiling bid will be kept hidden to everyone but you. If the item ends with the reserve “not met” the item will be deemed “passed” with a zero sale price. We are trying to make this a simple and easy-to-understand section in our auction; should you have any questions, concerns or comments on this new venture, we welcome your feedback.