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An extremely rare trading card depiction of Babe Ruth is presented. Although its obverse carries a relatively common depiction of "The Babe"—the same one seen on various other early 1920s issues—the reverse features the extremely scarce "Haffner's Big-Tayto-Loaf Bread" advertisement. During this collectible's period of distribution, it wasn't unusual for copyrighted photos to be sold (and re-sold) for advertising purposes. So while there may be some debate with respect to whether this piece should be categorized as an E121, a point beyond dispute is the scarcity of this front/back combination. To date, this is the only example graded by either PSA or SGC. Further, in talking with many, experienced collectors—and having handled more than our share of the industry's most advanced collections—it becomes apparent that the emergence of another, comparable example of this item cannot be confirmed.
Graded PR-FR 1 by PSA, the only specimen validated by that company, with none holdered by PSA's competitor, SGC. As can be expected in a piece that merits this one's modest assessment, the card has its fair share of creases and surface wear. It has been handled, but not abused—an important distinction. And, with quality centering, the absence of paper loss, and solid eye appeal, in general, it's definitely not a bad-looking "1." Finally, in consideration of the card's throwing pose—in combination with its incredibly elusive back design—the rarity, allure and desirability of this relic cannot be overstated. A once-in-a-lifetime addition to the most sophisticated Babe Ruth card collection!
1922 E121 Haffner's "Big-Tayto-Loaf Bread" Babe Ruth - PSA PR-FR 1 - The Hobby's Only Graded Example!
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