‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||George Ruth Candy Company
|Size||1 7/8″ x 4″
|Number in Set
George Ruth Candy Company Cards Overview
The George Ruth Candy Company was created in 1926 and two years later, the company produced an obscure set of trading cards featuring the company’s namesake.
Unlike most Ruth issues, this one is a little unique as it didn’t utilize his iconic nickname, The Babe. Instead, the company’s formal name, the George Ruth Candy Company, is what appears on the back advertisement.
The cards were sepia toned and were packaged with Ruth’s candy. A total of six cards were in the set. The set does not have an American Card Catalog number and was not identified by Jefferson Burdick for that famous book.
The fronts included an image of Ruth along with captions and a card number. On the backs, collectors were informed that there were six cards in the set and that a complete set could be sent to the George Ruth Candy Company in Cleveland, Ohio in exchange for a baseball with Ruth’s ‘genuine’ signature.
The pictures of Ruth vary greatly. Two of them show him with a child, one autographing a baseball, one standing in uniform, and one with his first wife. Only one (pictured here) showed Ruth in action. All of the cards had a vertical layout except for No. 3, which shows him with a young child.
The cards are an odd shape measuring less than two inches wide but four inches tall.
George Ruth Candy Company Checklist
Below is a checklist of the entire set. In addition to the captions below, each of the six cards also contains the statement “His Candy Helped Him” at the bottoms.
- King of them all
- Knocked out 60 home runs in 1927
- The only player who broke his own record
- The popular Bambino eating his Home Run candy
- A favorite with the Kiddies
- The king of swats