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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 #53 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF SGC 10 1 Poor
48 bids - Price: $810.00 - Watchers: 74
Item # 381028172869
1933 33 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth Yankees PSA 1 (MK) PR-FR
26 bids - Price: $224.50 - Watchers: 39
Item # 311145322742
1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF SGC Authentic
53 bids - Price: $232.50 - Watchers: 37
Item # 371169213670
1935 Goudey 4 in 1 w/ Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF BVG 2.5 G-VG
35 bids - Price: $118.50 - Watchers: 36
Item # 381028204748
1927 (1928) Babe Ruth (Blank Back) Exhibits HOF New York Yankees SGC40 B4 Goudey
27 bids - Price: $449.44 - Watchers: 30
Item # 231367210623
1933 GOUDEY BVG 3.5 (VERY GOOD+) Babe Ruth ‘RC’ #149 ~ HOF ~ NEW YORK YANKEES
32 bids - Price: $1,575.01 - Watchers: 30
Item # 371171904634
12 bids - Price: $40.88 - Watchers: 27
Item # 281472717472
1935 Edwards Ringer & Bigg Sports & Games In Many Lands #25 Babe Ruth BVG 7 NM
14 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 14
Item # 371170153089
1923 W515 - Babe Ruth / Dave Bancroft - SGC 84 - NM 7 - POP 1
3 bids - Price: $535.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 281473657422
2007 UD Premier Babe Ruth Premier Remnants 3 Pinstripe Relic #26/60 BGS 9 (MW)
39 bids - Price: $202.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 361091062902
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