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Current Most Watched Babe Ruth Cards

Babe Ruth’s big league debut on July 11, 1914 came just after what is now the rarest, perhaps most sought after baseball card ever made: the 1914 Baltimore News promo card, which pictures him in the final days of his minor league career.  You won’t find it among the most watched Babe Ruth cards on eBay.  Most of the time, on the rare occasions when they’re offered, they go into major catalog auctions.

However, you can find vintage cards of the Bambino up for grabs most any time.

In 1916, Ruth would be pictured on a wide-ranging series of rectangular cards that were distributed by The Sporting News, clothing stores and other outlets Babe Ruth 1928 Sweetmanlooking to promote themselves via pictures of baseball players.  His career lasted through one World War, the roaring 20′s and the onset of the Depression.

The Babe has been gone a long time now, but he’s definitely not forgotten by collectors who chase the most popular Babe Ruth cards with abandon. He’s the key to virtually any set he ever appeared in.

Every grade has a buyer.  ‘Relic cards’ and the rare autograph cut cards are the premier prizes in any modern trading card issue.

Ruth’s earliest cards have been increasing in value at a clip that would surpass just about any investment out there.  Oh, to be the owner of that earliest Ruth card who saw a six-year return of more than 100% when his card sold for over $450,000 .

From those that feature him as an ace pitcher to the mid-1930′s Goudey cards, produced as his career was winding down, everyone wants to someday own an original, vintage Ruth card.  Many of the best are sold via catalog auctions.  Others are in store inventories or sold in eBay auctions.

You want rare Ruth?  How about plunking down $65,000 for a 1928 Sweetman?

You like high grade?  Maybe a 1932 US Caramel graded SGC 88?

The market for Ruth cards is vibrant with those vintage dandies competing with some of the new chase cards.  Here’s a real-time list of the ten ‘most watched’ or current most watched Babe Ruth cards on eBay.  You can bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what collectors and dealers are tracking:

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 PSA 6 EXMT (PWCC)
28 bids - Price: $5,995.00 - Watchers: 122
Item # 400763660335
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53 PSA 1 PR (PWCC)
22 bids - Price: $1,125.04 - Watchers: 77
Item # 351156282442
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 PSA 3 VG (PWCC)
24 bids - Price: $2,000.00 - Watchers: 70
Item # 351156283222
1919 W514 Strip Card Babe Ruth #2 PSA 5 EX (PWCC)
33 bids - Price: $895.00 - Watchers: 62
Item # 141387840134
1923 W572 Strip Card Babe Ruth SGC 4 VGEX (PWCC)
23 bids - Price: $713.01 - Watchers: 38
Item # 351156281761
1931 W517 Strip Card Babe Ruth #4 SGC 6 EXMT (PWCC)
25 bids - Price: $306.03 - Watchers: 29
Item # 400763659011
1929 R316 Kashin Publications Babe Ruth PSA 4 VGEX (PWCC)
15 bids - Price: $339.01 - Watchers: 27
Item # 141387841386
1927 W560 Babe Ruth JOKER PSA Auth (PWCC)
13 bids - Price: $102.50 - Watchers: 26
Item # 351156281827
1932 Sanella Margarine Type 2 Babe Ruth PSA 8 NM-MT (PWCC)
15 bids - Price: $305.00 - Watchers: 25
Item # 400763659012
1927 W560 Complete Set Babe Ruth Lou Gehrig Foxx Johnson 1/1 PSA 10 9 8 7 PWCC
4 bids - Price: $152.49 - Watchers: 22
Item # 111450791811
About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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