Happy Birthday Babe Ruth!
The card above was one of the main attractions for the PSA booth in conjunction with the release of the new book about these historic cards, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, and a display featuring what PSA officials describe as “the 1915 Babe Ruth card that never was.” at the 2013 National.
The centerpiece of the display will be a original mixed media on canvas artwork by well-known sports illustrator Arthur K. Miller. At the request of PSA, he has created an artist’s conception of what a Babe Ruth 1915 Cracker Jack card might have looked like based on a period photo of Ruth in his Boston Red Sox uniform. Ruth was not included in the 1915 Cracker Jack set, and this amazing artwork stunningly depicts the great Ruth card that never was.
In addition to the free copy of the Cracker Jack book, the first 500 visitors who sign up for PSA Collectors Club membership or who renew their membership at the show will receive a free, limited-edition fantasy card of the artist’s 1915 Ruth Cracker Jack image. The cards were specially produced by Memory Lane Inc. and are housed in PSA holders with consecutively-numbered labels, 1 to 500.
As part of building a collection of members of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, I was looking for a Babe Ruth Red Sox card (at the time some of the Helmar art cards) when I came across these on eBay. I missed out on several auctions but eventually landed this beauty last summer.