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One of the highest graded examples of this full panel (or strip) on record at PSA with just two graded higher. Although labeled 1926 by PSA, the offered W512 Panel, featuring Home Run King -- and Colossus of Clout, Wasir of Wham, Maharajah of Mash, Behemoth of Bust, King of Crash -- actually hails from 1927, after Yankee Captain Everett Scott was traded from the Yankees to Chicago and future Hall of Famers Frankie Frisch from the Giants to the Cardinals and Rogers Hornsby from the Cardinals to the Giants. Issued over a span of two years, the W512 can be found in two varieties, one with these three players' 1926 teams and one with their 1927 teams. Why does this matter? First, because there aren't many Babe Ruth baseball cards from either 1926 or 1927 -- only about a half dozen from each -- and second, and more importantly, because in 1927 Babe Ruth clobbered 60 home runs in just 151 games played (from a 154-game season), setting a record that would stand until, with distinction, Roger Maris connected for 61* in 161 games played in 1961 (when the AL had expanded to a 162-game season). As one of his only issues from his record-setting season, Ruth's 1927 W512 card doesn't carry a tremendous premium over similarly crude strip and black & white cards from the period, the darkest in the history of baseball card production -- with presentable examples of most of these issues averaging about $1,000 -- but it should.

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,115
Number Bids: 24
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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