Lot # 17: 1932 U.S. Caramel #32 Babe Ruth (PSA 7)

Price: $30,000.00

Status: Available

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1932 U.S. Caramel #32 Babe Ruth (PSA 7) In lieu of the $84K sale for a PSA 8 specimen earlier this year, the Babe Ruth 1932 U.S. Caramel issue can no longer be considered an underrated card with elite hobbyists finally recognizing its unlimited investment potential. This substantiates why the PSSA 7 example offered here just may be suffice as an extremely astute purchase, with only eight others at this seldom surfacing plateau. Conceptually similar to the 1933 Goudey Sport Kings issue, the 1932 U.S. Caramel set issued several non-baseball sports figures (5 of the 32 subjects were boxers/golfers with the remaining 27 baseball stars), and like every issue since Ruth’s mid-teens appearance in a Major League uniform, the “Babe’s” subject prevails as the most coveted and valuable card in the set. Currently overshadowed by the renowned four Ruth 1933 Goudey subjects, the 1932 U.S. Caramel #32 ‘Bambino” issue is slowly narrowing the gap in popularity and value towards its Goudey peers. Its existence marks the final Babe Ruth Caramel issue, and its scarcity far outdistances any of his prestigious 1933 Goudey Gum cards. Consider that the PSA “pop” chart list a staggering 3,700+ encapsulated 1933 Goudey Ruth’s, a 930 per subject average, as opposed to the significantly scarcer 1932 U.S. Caramel Ruth that stands at a comparable 125 PSA graded examples! Indeed, the U.S. Caramel Ruth is only a fraction of the average Goudey Ruth subject, representing a meager 13% of a single Goudey Babe Ruth card; yet several Goudey high-grade Ruth’s have now exceeded price tags well over six-figures. It is this overwhelming “pop” chart disparity that leads us to believe the U.S. Caramel Ruth will continue gaining ground on its Goudey counterpart in both desirability and value, justifying why this breathtaking world-class offering is the perfect card to add to your esteemed collection. Babe Ruth’s iconic standing has elevated his name to a pinnacle level in all of sports. Both his “on and off the field” stature make his vintage cardboard collectibles the most sought after and prized artifacts. As both a pitcher and hitter he clearly dominated our National Pastime, and we will never see another player remotely close to equaling his coupled persona and baseball skill sets. No wonder collectors actively seek his finest vintage cardboard relics with this pinnacle-like PSA 7 offering destined to be a centerpiece attraction in any Ruthian gathering. Needless to say because a “picture is worth a thousand words”, the overall aesthetics of this amazing gem merits the highest hobby accolades, starting with an outstanding good-natured Bambino portrait pose depicting Ruth in a leisurely moment. Remarkable facial hues, a flawless-like fire-engine red background, fine centering only a with only a trace of favoritism towards the right edge, and blinding white borders highlight this miraculous keepsake. We have scoured this card front and back, and simply cannot find a single surface blemish to speak of, with the “pack-fresh” quality second to none. With the centering clearly falling within the strict “NM/MT” guidelines, we can only assume that the microscopic like touching to the two lower corner’s utmost tips prevented a higher grade. Yet, considering the extremely strong right-angled formations of all four corners, it is safe to state that this card’s technical assessment considerably favors the conservative side. More significant, however, is the card’s extraordinary existence and unparalleled eye appeal with only a handful of the 125 PSA examples possibly boasting finer aesthetics. As previously stated, the U.S. Caramel Ruth is finally beginning to gather its well-deserved attention, and with that in mind, now is the time to emulate the “Sultan of Swat” and hit a home run of your own by seizing one of the finest copies extant!


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