A PSA 7-graded blank back 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth smashed all records for the issue early Thursday morning when it sold at auction for $200,168. Goodwin & Company sold the card in its first auction of 2012.
One of three at the PSA 7 level, the card represents one of the six highest graded Ruth cards from the issue that pictures him as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
The combined SGC and PSA “Pop” charts list approximately 85 Eddie Plank T206 encapsulated specimens against only some 70+ examples for the Babe Ruth rookie card (including “blank backs” and all back advertisements). Plank cards in VG condition have been selling in the $60-70,000 range at auction, much higher than the 1916 Ruth cards.
Of course, the Plank is associated with the famous T206 set which has thousands of die-hard collectors pursuing at least part of it. As the auction company stated in its listing, however, the M101 Ruth represents baseball’s most famous icon.
Recent sales have included $42,000 for a “VG-3”; $65,000 for an “EX+ 5.5”, and $75,000 for a “VG-EX+ 4.5”.
High grade examples of the 1916 Sporting New Ruth are very rare. The card sold overnight generated 19 bids and the final price included a 19% buyer's premium.
1916 M101 5 Famous Barr Co 47 Al Demaree Philadelphia PSA 8 pop 1 0 Higher
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1916 Sporting News CHICAGO WHITE SOX team set M101 5 REPRINT with Joe Jackson
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1916 m101 4 Altoona Tribune 151 Babe Ruth Rare Dated 1969
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1916 Sporting News NEW YORK GIANTS team set M101 5 Reprint with Jim Thorpe Edd
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1916 M101 4 5 Famous Barr 56 Urban Faber HOF Rookie Card SGC 20
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1916 M101 4 5 Famous Barr 89 Hugh Jennings Detroit Tigers SGC Auth
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1916 M101 4 Gimbels 99 John Lavan St Louis Browns SGC 35
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1916 M101 4 5 Famous Barr 20 Geo Burns New York Giants SGC 20
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