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thunderdan
10-24-2014, 05:30 PM
I mostly read on this forum but know a number of you here who also post on the CU board, so apologies for the duplicate post here. I hope you don't mind my sharing a recent pickup that gets me really excited. Plus, there's a bunch of you here who really know pre-war cards. I've learned a lot from many of your posts.

Anyway...finally picked up a Ruth RC: the M101-4 with the Gimbels back. Any of you "Elf" fans, Gimbels was the department store in the movie. But whatever. This has been the hunt that seems like it never would end. Took me a really long time to find one without the common issues: the white print line through Babe's midsection; the black print dots; and worst of all, the terrible L/R centering. I wondered if I would ever find one without those issues, and then...I finally did.

Huge thanks to two fine gentleman. Leon, thanks for your extra set of eyes at National. That's where this all started. Really great getting to know you a little better. And, Matt. Matt had his own research notes having purchased his own, and I really appreciated his thoughts and input. Really helpful when all was said and done.

Freshly reholdered, too. :) Please excuse the lint on my scanner.

http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp360/thunderdanny/1916M101-4RuthFront_zps7eb84752.jpg

http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp360/thunderdanny/1916M101-4RuthBack_zps9de2b19c.jpg

Leon
10-24-2014, 05:49 PM
Always glad to add an extra set of eyes. As I had said previously Dan, I think this is the one to own. I couldn't be happier for you. Congratulations on a great and iconic card!! And as a die hard back collector this one has it all going for it too!!

Stonepony
10-24-2014, 05:50 PM
Fantastic!

calvindog
10-24-2014, 05:52 PM
Fantastic card!

Bicem
10-24-2014, 06:09 PM
Damn, nice pickup.

MattyC
10-24-2014, 06:18 PM
Dan, thanks for the kind words and was happy to help. I have to think that is one of the best examples of the illustrious Ruth RC in the entire hobby. Centered and with no print line-- I know the pain of chasing those attributes all too well. But there's nothing like a happy, rewarding ending to the collectors' hunt. Congratulations on a marvelous example for a world class collection!

And the card looks downright majestic in the black holder. Really pops for the eye.

atx840
10-24-2014, 06:25 PM
Well done! Beautiful example, by far the nicest one I've seen.

Sean
10-24-2014, 06:31 PM
Excellent example of a huge card. :)

nolemmings
10-24-2014, 06:38 PM
Very nice card--used to be in a PSA 5 holder I believe. If so, I know the former owner and I'm sorry for his loss, happy for your gain.

Jay Wolt
10-24-2014, 06:38 PM
Awesome pickup, Congrats!

darwinbulldog
10-24-2014, 06:48 PM
Best one I've seen.

yanksfan09
10-24-2014, 06:54 PM
Wonderful. Congrats.

Shoebox
10-24-2014, 06:58 PM
Outstanding! Congrats on the pick-up!

Luke
10-24-2014, 08:27 PM
Wow. Congrats.

clydepepper
10-24-2014, 08:31 PM
VERY Awesome!!

wolf441
10-24-2014, 08:35 PM
Congratulations, that is one hell of a card!!

Iron Horse
10-24-2014, 08:46 PM
Beautiful :)

h2oya311
10-24-2014, 08:47 PM
I love the movie "Elf". My wife and I watch it at least twice a year (close to Christmas-time, of course)! I think of that movie every time I see a Gimbels (which is few and far between).

FANTASTIC card and welcome to our forum!

ethicsprof
10-24-2014, 08:51 PM
quite a beauty!!
congratulations.

all the best,
barry

LincolnVT
10-24-2014, 09:12 PM
Can't go wrong picking up an early Ruth....nice card. Seems like anything and everything 1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917 Ruth is in high demand. Too few cards available for those looking to buy.

Nice centering!

YankeeCollector
10-24-2014, 09:20 PM
I mostly read on this forum but know a number of you here who also post on the CU board, so apologies for the duplicate post here. I hope you don't mind my sharing a recent pickup that gets me really excited. Plus, there's a bunch of you here who really know pre-war cards. I've learned a lot from many of your posts.

Anyway...finally picked up a Ruth RC: the M101-4 with the Gimbels back. Any of you "Elf" fans, Gimbels was the department store in the movie. But whatever. This has been the hunt that seems like it never would end. Took me a really long time to find one without the common issues: the white print line through Babe's midsection; the black print dots; and worst of all, the terrible L/R centering. I wondered if I would ever find one without those issues, and then...I finally did.

Huge thanks to two fine gentleman. Leon, thanks for your extra set of eyes at National. That's where this all started. Really great getting to know you a little better. And, Matt. Matt had his own research notes having purchased his own, and I really appreciated his thoughts and input. Really helpful when all was said and done.

Freshly reholdered, too. :) Please excuse the lint on my scanner.

http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp360/thunderdanny/1916M101-4RuthFront_zps7eb84752.jpg

http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp360/thunderdanny/1916M101-4RuthBack_zps9de2b19c.jpg


Amazing Card! Congrats!

Centauri
10-24-2014, 09:27 PM
I had Chinese today, and my fortune was "you only treasure that which you don't have". Well, I treasure that Ruth card!

4815162342
10-24-2014, 09:44 PM
Ruth rookies are everywhere these days, but that one is beautiful.

LincolnVT
10-24-2014, 09:56 PM
The Ruth "rookies" may be everywhere, but they aren't making anymore of them. Yes, today they may be "available" but they are drawing about a $5,000 to $10,000 priemium as they change hands year to year.....fortunately, we still see some that people bought for "the right price" in the 80s, 90s and more recently....those folks will make good money as they make their cards available...

My prediction is that they (any example of a pre 1917 Ruth) will soon become un-available for less than $50,000.

MattyC
10-25-2014, 12:54 AM
I am watching the old movie 28 DAYS LATER right now-- and even though it takes place in England, one character calls another (who was holding a baseball bat), "Babe Ruth." Just goes to show how The Babe's name endures. Even in a foreign-set zombie movie, LOL.

pcoz
10-25-2014, 05:02 AM
Stunning card, congrats!!!

curtis-cards
10-25-2014, 05:26 AM
That's a beauty, Congrats!

I Only Smoke 4 the Cards
10-26-2014, 08:00 AM
Very nice card!

kamikidEFFL
10-26-2014, 08:15 AM
Unreal. I dream of hitting the lottery one day to buy these types of cards. Great score and that will def be something you will hold on to for a very long time

e107collector
10-26-2014, 09:50 AM
Dan,

Great card!!!

Your card has a nicer appearance than the grade shows - even looks a lot nicer than some of the higher graded one's out there.

Best of luck, great investment piece.

Tony

Epps
10-26-2014, 11:09 AM
Phenomenal card! Congrats on finally getting the one you were looking for

JeremyW
10-29-2014, 02:43 PM
Not only is that an exceptional pick-up, but, if I'm not mistaken, one of the four basic food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and early Ruth cards.