Bidding opened Wednesday for the SGC 3 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth card at Robert Edward Auctions.
The starting price was $2.5 million and within about an hour, it had climbed to $4.5 million. By the end of the day, the high bid had passed $5 million.
With the 20% buyer’s premium factored in on top of that, the card was already almost halfway to the current record for any piece of sports memorabilia and 18 days of bidding left.
The card made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show this week.
A rare Babe Ruth baseball card is up for auction — and we have a look at it in Studio 1A!
The card is expected to sell for more than $10 million. pic.twitter.com/X0c2XYd4lL
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 14, 2023
Baseball cards are among the latest inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
They join NERF, Cabbage Patch Kids and the Fischer-Price Corn Popper as 2023 inductees.
In announcing the vote, the Toy Hall had this to say about cards:
Collecting baseball cards is one of the few childhood pastimes that often carries through to adulthood. Similarly, the pastime can just as often be passed along to a child or grandchild from an adult. If the heyday of baseball cards was the 1950s, the 21st century may witness a renaissance. Inexpensive, educational, healthy, and universal—baseball card collecting has seen generations of passionate collectors and will likely encourage, and inspire, generations to come.
The Hall is located inside the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.
There’s no football game at Gillette Stadium this weekend–and the way the Patriots have been playing that’s probably not a bad thing–but there is a card show going on. The CardVault, a shop located on the stadium grounds, is hosting the first ever show inside a football stadium this Saturday and Sunday.
The 200-table event in Foxboro will be held at the Putnam Club inside the stadium. Show hours are 9-5 both days.
There are 16 autograph guests–mostly current and former Patriots but a few others as well.
Great American Collectibles Show co-host Rico Petrocelli says there’s a pretty good chance a bat that showed up in the current Lelands auction might be the last one of his career. The model W215 Louisville Slugger bat, which carries the special bi-centennial branding, dates to the former Red Sox third baseman’s final season of 1976.