You can still open a pack of cards from the 1950s in hopes of landing a Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays or Hank Aaron. Thanks to a recent find, we also know there is at least one box of sealed 1948 Bowman baseball packs in existence.
Finding a pack from the 1930s that you know contains a Babe Ruth card? It would seem almost impossible but it’s true.
Heritage Auctions is offering a 1933 Uncle Jack’s Candy pack containing the Babe’s smiling visage in its current Trading Card Auction. The PSA 7 graded pack is expected to sell for $30,000 or more when bidding ends December 5.
Uncle Jack’s was a New England-based company and the packs were issued as part of a 1933 World Series ticket promotion. There were 30 cards in the set, including numerous Hall of Famers. The contest card typically shows up on the back of the pack.
Today, Uncle Jack’s cards are quite rare with just over 200 combined on the PSA and SGC Population reports. No Ruth card has ever been graded higher than Good (2). One of them sold at auction earlier this year for $23,976.
Surviving packs from the Uncle Jack’s issue likely originate from a 1980s box find. One pack featuring Joe Cronin sold in 2017 for $1,320.
The pack is one of over 3,000 lots in the Heritage Auction, which closes over a three-day period, December 5-7.