Some call it a rookie card, even though it wouldn’t qualify by today’s standards. It is without question the first Babe Ruth baseball card ever issued. Copies of the 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. It was considered obscure at best even a few years ago.
One of the few surviving examples of this newspaper promotion remains on public display not long after the owner decided to allow it to remain inside the Babe Ruth Museum rather than bring it to market. It’s a family heirloom, after all, passed down through two generations as part of a group saved by Arch Davis 97 years ago.
“I have always felt good about knowing that something that my grandfather and father considered worthy of saving is now available for others to enjoy,” Glenn told the Associated Press, which dropped by the museum where the card actually gets the white glove treatment.