Rare Babe Ruth Card Tops Auction

A 1933 Uncle Jack’s Candy Babe Ruth helped drive an auction of vintage sports cards.

1933 Uncle Jack's Candy Babe Ruth Only a small number exist in any shape or form but collectors had a chance to bid on several 1933 Uncle Jack’s Candy baseball cards in the recent Goodwin and Company auction.

The sale included a Babe Ruth card, graded SCG 80–the highest quality example known to exist. After 30 bids were entered, the card sold for $20,575 including the buyer’s premium. A Rogers Hornsby card in the same grade sold for $5294, with most of the other Uncle Jack’s cards bringing a minimum of $1,000 each.

The Goodwin sale featured hundreds of vintage sports cards in various grades and some lots of older sports memorabilia.

Old Judge John Doran

The second highest price achieved in the auction was for the only known 1888-89 Old Judge John Doran card. Graded 40 by SGC, the card brought $18,705 after drawing 17 bids. 1957 Topps Johnny Unitas Post-War cards in the sale were topped by a 1957 Topps John Unitas rookie card graded PSA 9, which sold for $15,457. The top selling memorabilia item was a Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig dual signed baseball that closed with a realized price of $13,512.

A small group of high-grade 1951 Bowman cards were topped by a 1951 Willard Ramsdell in PSA 10 (gem mint) grade. It sold for $10,321 while a ’51 Bowman Bob Hooper (PSA 9) sold for $10,024.

Other highlights included:

  • T205 Gold Border Cy Yount PSA 7.5 $13,066
  • 1916 Sporting News Joe Jackson PSA 7 $12,948
  • 1910 Mello Mint Gum E105 Honus Wagner $9728
  • 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson PSA 4 $9595
  • 1939 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio PSA 9 $9595

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