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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:

2012 Leaf Executive Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF Signed CUT AUTO BGS Slabbed
61 bids - Price: $1,575.00 - Watchers: 59
Item #362215516038
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 SGC 60 Ex
34 bids - Price: $3,900.00 - Watchers: 58
Item #263437044175
1972 Kellogg's All-Time Baseball Greats HOF BABE RUTH #14 PSA 10 GEM LOW POP!
14 bids - Price: $47.00 - Watchers: 38
Item #253365178139
1921 W516-1 Babe Ruth, #1, Hand Cut, PSA Authentic
14 bids - Price: $137.50 - Watchers: 31
Item #142661034850
1931 W517 Babe Ruth, #4, SGC Authentic
15 bids - Price: $152.50 - Watchers: 26
Item #263446125935
1921 W516-2-2 Babe Ruth, #10, Hand Cut, PSA Authentic
5 bids - Price: $96.00 - Watchers: 24
Item #263446112148
1921 W516-1-2 Babe Ruth, #1, Hand Cut, PSA Authentic
7 bids - Price: $82.00 - Watchers: 22
Item #142661033061
1921 SCHAPIRA BROS. CANDY BABE RUTH PORTRAIT w/ ARROWS HAND CUT SGC 20 (PSA 1.5)
13 bids - Price: $112.50 - Watchers: 21
Item #142661049221
1932 Bulgaria Max Schmeling Babe Ruth #256 PSA 6.5
8 bids - Price: $62.00 - Watchers: 18
Item #122916558793
1932 SANELLA BABE RUTH SGC Type 2 20 FAIR 1.5 Yankees HOF FREE SHIPPING
5 bids - Price: $78.77 - Watchers: 15
Item #273028435923
1961 Fleer BABE RUTH Baseball Card PSA 6 EX-MT #75 New York Yankees
18 bids - Price: $33.65 - Watchers: 13
Item #362212466411
PSA 10 GEM MINT *BABE RUTH* 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Baseball Greats #14 pop 101
8 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 13
Item #202192178284
Babe Ruth Game Used Bat & Brick Piece PSA/DNA Pride Of The Yankees Movie Card
14 bids - Price: $17.50 - Watchers: 12
Item #173099039480
1967 Laughlin World Series-1932 BABE RUTH - YANKEES vs CUBS #29 PSA 10 GEM POP 6
5 bids - Price: $9.50 - Watchers: 12
Item #253362692048
1934-36 Diamond Stars Babe Ruth Lou Gehrig Joe Dimaggio PSA Promo Lot Yankees
8 bids - Price: $26.00 - Watchers: 11
Item #253366886451
1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes BABE RUTH - WILLIE MAYS #151 PSA 10 GEM POP 1
3 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 10
Item #263432102883
1976 Topps All Time All Star #345 Babe Ruth HOF PSA 8 NM-MT
2 bids - Price: $1.11 - Watchers: 9
Item #372196808117
2008 eTopps A & G Yankee Stad Trib. - PROMO BABE RUTH #1 PSA 10 GEM POP 2
6 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 8
Item #263431975493
1972 Kellogg's Babe Ruth Card # 6 PSA MINT-9
8 bids - Price: $20.39 - Watchers: 8
Item #382346156165
1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes HOFers BABE RUTH - TY COBB #146 PSA 10 GEM POP 3
5 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 8
Item #253362899632