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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 #149 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF SGC 50 VG -EX 4 " HIGH END "
24 bids - Price: $4,095.00 - Watchers: 72
Item #372366504162
1999 Upper Deck A Piece of History 500 Club Babe Ruth HOF GU Bat PSA 8
27 bids - Price: $1,225.00 - Watchers: 37
Item #382523363184
1922 E121 Amer. Caramel #86D "BABE RUTH" HOLDING BIRD, SERIES OF 120 ... BVG 3.5
11 bids - Price: $255.00 - Watchers: 27
Item #123258066899
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 PSA Auth, Trimmed (PWCC)
14 bids - Price: $504.00 - Watchers: 25
Item #401570753946
2009 Topps 206 Babe Ruth Framed Bat relic BGS 9 (W7)
13 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 22
Item #132709149407
1932 SANELLA BABE RUTH SGC Type 2 35 GOOD+ 2.5 Yankees HOF FREE SHIPPING
10 bids - Price: $96.00 - Watchers: 13
Item #273364407366
1952 Look 'N See #15 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF PSA 8 NM-MT " HIGH END "
43 bids - Price: $189.50 - Watchers: 11
Item #362390690069
Babe Ruth 2016 Leaf Babe Ruth Collection Silver Boston Red Sox Bat #1/3 BGS 9
10 bids - Price: $51.51 - Watchers: 9
Item #372370270402
2017 Topps Now Moment of the Week #MOW-1 Babe Ruth Shohei Ohtani RC PSA 10
2 bids - Price: $1.82 - Watchers: 9
Item #362387431585
1962 Topps #137 Babe Ruth And Manager Huggins PSA 5 EX
3 bids - Price: $2.00 - Watchers: 9
Item #382520942671
1989 Pacific Legends Babe Ruth PSA 10 1 Of Only 3 Graded “10”
1 bids - Price: $10.00 - Watchers: 8
Item #352406038234
1962 Topps Huggins #137 Babe Ruth and Manager HOF Yankees PSA 6 EX-MT
7 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 6
Item #362387498770
1976 Motorola BABE RUTH #9 - Yankees - PSA 9 MINT
3 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 5
Item #173412778945
2017 Topps Now Moment of the Week #MOW-1 Babe Ruth Shohei Ohtani RC PSA 9 MINT
3 bids - Price: $1.29 - Watchers: 5
Item #362387431736
2018 TOPPS NOW BABE RUTH/SHOHEI OHTANI RC MOMENT OF THE WEEK BGS 9.5 GEM MINT!
7 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 4
Item #253754990358
2017 Topps Triple Threads Babe Ruth Gold PSA 9 Mint #'d 37/99
1 bids - Price: $4.00 - Watchers: 4
Item #253756294671
1962 Topps Hero #143 Greatest Sports w/ Babe Ruth New York Yankees PSA 6 EX-MT
3 bids - Price: $2.75 - Watchers: 3
Item #382520846943
1961 Topps SETBREAK Babe Ruth HITS 60TH HOMER #401 PSA 8 NM-MT (PWCC)
19 bids - Price: $157.59 - Watchers: 3
Item #401570398807
1973 U.S. Playing Card Babe Ruth 10 of Spades PSA MINT Yankees
1 bids - Price: $1.99 - Watchers: 2
Item #173402436450