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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:

BABE RUTH 1931 W517 Portrait-Hand Cut Baseball Card PSA Authentic #20 Antique $$
22 bids - Price: $137.50 - Watchers: 45
Item #362455110260
1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth #32 PSA 1 - Graded Original Babe Ruth Baseball Card
18 bids - Price: $1,136.00 - Watchers: 42
Item #113303922339
Rare BABE RUTH 1948 LEAF Baseball Card #3 PSA 4 (VG-EX) Graded New York Yankees
10 bids - Price: $454.00 - Watchers: 34
Item #113306096243
BABE RUTH 1921 W551 Hand Cut Baseball Card SGC 40 (VG) - PSA 3 New York Yankees
17 bids - Price: $412.77 - Watchers: 31
Item #113306093934
Babe Ruth 1933 Sport Kings PSA 1 (MK) Goudey
13 bids - Price: $393.99 - Watchers: 28
Item #253929935836
1951 Topps Connie Mack’s All Stars Babe Ruth PSA 2 New York Yankees *Rare*
31 bids - Price: $341.00 - Watchers: 26
Item #372469327009
/50 POP 1 PSA 10 Topps Babe Ruth GAME USED BAT, PINSTRIPE JERSEY & YANKEE SEAT!!
9 bids - Price: $177.50 - Watchers: 25
Item #153219308120
Babe Ruth Autograph Card
30 bids - Price: $76.00 - Watchers: 24
Item #153213961191
1952 Look 'N See #15 Babe Ruth HOF New York Yankees PSA 4 VG-EX
21 bids - Price: $40.99 - Watchers: 22
Item #382587180686
BABE RUTH 1933 GOUDEY SPORTS KINGS **ESTATE SALE FIND**
44 bids - Price: $202.50 - Watchers: 21
Item #113303875431
BABE RUTH GAME USED BAT RELIC # 25/34!! 2002 TOPPS TRIBUTE # MIM-BR HOF YANKEES!
18 bids - Price: $99.00 - Watchers: 21
Item #173584394783
1952 TOPPS LOOK 'N SEE #15 BABE RUTH CARD PSA 4 VG/EX
16 bids - Price: $21.49 - Watchers: 19
Item #123421798020
2018 Panini National Treasures BABE RUTH Dual Bat Relic New York Yankees #7/10
4 bids - Price: $9.50 - Watchers: 18
Item #292771951493
2007 UD Premier Remnants Gold Babe Ruth Yankees Triple GU Patch /60 PSA 8 POP 2
5 bids - Price: $64.00 - Watchers: 17
Item #362455652857
2005 Leaf Limited Threads Jersey Number Babe Ruth PATCH /25 #168 BGS 9 MT (PWCC)
5 bids - Price: $24.50 - Watchers: 17
Item #401616435289
Leaf Pearl Babe Ruth Jordan Mantle Williams Chamberlain Pele Game Jersey Bat 3/7
10 bids - Price: $102.59 - Watchers: 16
Item #132820200402
2003 Timeless Treasures HOF Materials Babe Ruth GAME-WORN JERSEY 50/50 (PWCC)
8 bids - Price: $122.50 - Watchers: 16
Item #142972914419
2015 Immaculate BABE RUTH/LOU GEHRIG *Game Used Bats* #3/20 BGS 9
4 bids - Price: $45.78 - Watchers: 16
Item #323499500801
1962 Topps Lou Gehrig & Babe Ruth SPECIAL, GREEN TINT #140 PSA 9 MINT (PWCC)
20 bids - Price: $360.69 - Watchers: 15
Item #352480258241
1935 Goudey 4 in 1 BABE RUTH Braves HOF
9 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 14
Item #332838069545