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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:

1921 W551 Babe Ruth Ty Cobb HOF " SUPER SCARCE " PSA 7.5 POP 1 ONLY 1 HIGHER
47 bids - Price: $1,175.45 - Watchers: 72
Item #382255703483
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 #1 Babe Ruth/McManus/Brandt/Maranville PSA 4 VG-EX (MC)
20 bids - Price: $243.50 - Watchers: 56
Item #311980035684
1933 Goudy BABE RUTH ORIGINAL PSA Authentic/ Altered Sharp and crease free !
20 bids - Price: $455.00 - Watchers: 50
Item #292295076800
1935 Goudey 4-In-1 #4A Babe Ruth Rabbit Maranville Braves HOF PSA 2 TOUGH CARD
36 bids - Price: $450.00 - Watchers: 47
Item #372107038245
2004 Throwback Threads Babe Ruth Jersey #ed 17/25 BGS 9 POP 1 CENTERED STRIPE
25 bids - Price: $244.50 - Watchers: 43
Item #192336208430
1946-47 Propaganda Montiel # 41 Babe Ruth SGC 20 FAIR 1.5 m31447
10 bids - Price: $109.38 - Watchers: 38
Item #382255829928
George Herman Babe Ruth 1948 Leaf #3 SGC 10 Poor = PSA 1 Newly Graded Beauty
9 bids - Price: $287.00 - Watchers: 36
Item #122757669982
1919-21 W514 #2 Babe Ruth SGC A
15 bids - Price: $349.00 - Watchers: 30
Item #152750503868
1948 Babe Ruth #6K Topps Magic Photo Baseball Card PSA 3
10 bids - Price: $129.50 - Watchers: 22
Item #152750506101
1926 W512 Babe Ruth #6 BVG AUTH ~ Hand Cut Beauty
8 bids - Price: $229.50 - Watchers: 19
Item #222686432665
1961 Fleer #75 Babe Ruth HOF BVG 7.5 NM+
6 bids - Price: $9.50 - Watchers: 13
Item #272895722228
1962 TOPPS #144 FAREWELL SPEECH PSA 8 BABE RUTH SPECIAL 25841578
19 bids - Price: $228.53 - Watchers: 11
Item #232521575052
1961 Topps #401 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF Hits 60th Homer PSA 6
6 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 9
Item #362133811999
1961 FLEER #75 BABE RUTH PSA 8 YANKEES 25578857
18 bids - Price: $89.00 - Watchers: 8
Item #232529478700
1960 Fleer Baseball Greats Set Break # 3 Babe Ruth PSA 8 Centered Tough HOF
8 bids - Price: $58.00 - Watchers: 7
Item #222682912626
1962 Topps #142 Babe Ruth Special Coaching Dodgers BVG 8 NM-MT
6 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 5
Item #272895697626
1962 Topps #137 Babe Ruth Special Green Tint BVG 7 NM
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 5
Item #272895723895
1962 Topps #137 Babe Ruth & Manager Miller Huggins PSA 8 NM-MT
7 bids - Price: $35.69 - Watchers: 4
Item #362136137516
2016 Topps High Tek Gold Rainbow Diffractor #BR Babe Ruth 55/60 PSA 9 MINT
3 bids - Price: $4.25 - Watchers: 1
Item #372110226296