January 2010 Auction
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Conservatively if not mysteriously graded EX 5 by the eagle-eyed graders at SGC, the featured example of Babe Ruth's immensely coveted 1933 Goudey #53 yellow back displays NM to NM/MT or even better qualities in every perceivable facet, such that we simply cannot detect a single feature indicative of the opined grade. Over and over again, we've inspected this stunning rendition of the '33 Goudey set's key card, and time and time again we've come up empty. Starting from the outside, we detect NM or better corners between NM/MT or better edges on all sides but the bottom, which shows a microscopic NM chip that we probably wouldn't even mention were we not searching in vain for something, anything, remotely indicative of the opined assessment. The obverse centering is accurate from left-to-right but clearly favors the bottom border to a degree well within the bounds of NM and pushing the limits of NM/MT. The image, on the other hand, is clearly NM/MT, highlighted by remarkably fresh, bold hues and a nearly immaculate lemon yellow backdrop. A microscopically rough patch in the thin border between the end of Babe's bat and the right edge may have contributed to the over-harsh assessment, but it's difficult to say, so infinitesimal and inconsequential as it seems. The reverse, likewise, features what appear to be thorough NM/MT or better qualities but shows two debatable features that may or may not have affected the final grade. At the end of the first sentence of the text, just above the first period, there appears to be a small dimple or indent in the surface, smaller than the period and clearly not showing any impact whatsoever on the front surface. If not this, then there also appears to be a small kink in the reverse card stock below the small prick of print evident along the lower left border. Not a wrinkle, and certainly not a crease, this debatable imperfection is about as nearly imperceptible as the other questionable points, none of which, in our honest opinion, would look out of place on a card residing in a NM/MT 8 holder. What more can we say? An EX 5 yellow Ruth that looks as good if not better than the couple dozen NM/MT 8s on record in the hobby. Only at Mile High!
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