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Hottest Babe Ruth Cards for Sale on eBay

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 Ruth promo card, which pictures him in the final days of his minor league career.  You won’t find it among the hottest Babe Ruth cards for sale on eBay.  Most of the time, on the rare occasions when they’re offered, they go into major catalog auctions where they sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

However, you can find all kinds of vintage cards of the Bambino up for grabs most any time.  Some are very expensive; others surprisingly not.  Make no mistake, though.  The market for Babe Ruth memorabilia has never been better.

Babe Ruth Rookie Cards Were Just the Start

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 looking to promote themselves via pictures of baseball players.  Those are considered his ‘official’ rookie cards.

Ruth’s career lasted through one World War, the roaring 20’s and the onset of the Depression and any original cards that have been authenticated will find no shortage of interest.  Every grade has a buyer.

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.

‘Relic cards’ and the rare autograph cut cards are the premier prizes in any modern trading card issue.

Most Valuable Babe Ruth Cards

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 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 to see rare Babe Ruth cards for sale?  How about plunking down $65,000 for a 1928 Sweetman?

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 current  most watched Babe Ruth cards for sale on eBay.  You can bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what collectors and dealers are tracking:

1933 GOUDEY #53 BABE RUTH PSA 2 (9373)
38 bids - Price: $1,413.88 - Watchers: 111
Item #142758989195
1933 Goudey #181 BABE RUTH PSA 3 VG INCREDIBLE CORNERS and COLOR !!!!!!
33 bids - Price: $3,300.00 - Watchers: 97
Item #183174733838
1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF BVG 1 POOR " HIGH END "
34 bids - Price: $919.00 - Watchers: 90
Item #372277147854
PSA/DNA HA ORIGINALS 2/3 1933 Babe Ruth Goudey #181 Cut Auto Autograph Signature
16 bids - Price: $2,186.00 - Watchers: 82
Item #273166591675
Babe Ruth Complete Set 6/6 1928 Fro-Joy Yankees HOF w/ BVG 6 PSA 3 All Graded
32 bids - Price: $728.00 - Watchers: 66
Item #362296835395
1928 ANONYMOUS W502 #6 BABE RUTH SGC 40 3 (85003)
30 bids - Price: $290.00 - Watchers: 57
Item #142758989198
1934 Goudey Premium R309-1 BABE RUTH NY Yankees HOF SGC 35 GOOD+ 2.5
27 bids - Price: $338.00 - Watchers: 56
Item #372281576347
*JSA CERTIFIED AUTO* Babe Ruth BGS 9.5/10 The Bar Cut Autograph #1/1 Signature
17 bids - Price: $625.00 - Watchers: 56
Item #273166598068
1920 W519 Unnumbered Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF SGC " ULTRA RARE "
17 bids - Price: $530.00 - Watchers: 52
Item #362296832230
1929 R216 Kashin Publication Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF PSA 5 " LOW POP "
7 bids - Price: $361.00 - Watchers: 46
Item #372281077409
1928 Exhibits George Herman Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF PSA 2 " SUPER RARE "
9 bids - Price: $565.00 - Watchers: 44
Item #382439908849
1948 Leaf #3 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF SGC 10 1 " RARE "
11 bids - Price: $460.00 - Watchers: 41
Item #382435573620
2015 Panini Immaculate Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Dual Bat (14/20) BGS 9 - POP 4
22 bids - Price: $80.00 - Watchers: 34
Item #323205906021
1948 Leaf #3 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF SGC 45 3.5 " ICONIC CARD "
9 bids - Price: $355.00 - Watchers: 34
Item #382439908180
1948 Leaf #3 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF SGC 35 GOOD+ 2.5 " ICONIC CARD "
13 bids - Price: $635.00 - Watchers: 32
Item #382435574002
1921 W551 BABE RUTH SGC 2.5
27 bids - Price: $450.00 - Watchers: 30
Item #263608131048
1929 Churchman's Sports & Games In Many Lands #25 Babe Ruth SGC 50 VG-EX 4
12 bids - Price: $69.00 - Watchers: 28
Item #372280934651
1920 W519 Unnumbered Babe Ruth Yankees PSA Authentic *676084
25 bids - Price: $692.00 - Watchers: 27
Item #332626606080
1932 Sanella Margarine Type 2 At Bottom Babe Ruth Yankees HOF PSA 6 EX-MT
11 bids - Price: $203.50 - Watchers: 26
Item #382439013622
1920 W516-1 #1 Babe Ruth PSA Authentic Fewer Than 80 Ever Graded
14 bids - Price: $405.00 - Watchers: 24
Item #142755667772