My favorite Goudey Ruth #181. Paying the premium for eye appeal within the grade is worth it.
I love the #181 due to the vibrant colors, the bold close up of Ruth, and because it doesn't take any artistic liberties showing he wasn't exactly a Clark Gable. He's a ballplayer not a movie star
Finding a Ruth with a clean front, great color, no creases, corners better than a 1971 Topps Super; and excellent centering is extremely hard and super satisfying. Honest corner wear on this example. The back of the card is equally as nice.
Sometimes you just have to pay up and grab one when it presents, even if it isn't in the 2005 price range anymore