One of only two known copies of the 1921 Herpolsheimer’s Babe Ruth cards sold for $154,684 early Sunday as Love of the Game Auctions closed out its final catalog sale of 2023.
Sixty-seven bids were made for the card, which opened at $25,000.
The card was one of a group of 39 from the extremely scarce issue that were found at an estate sale in 2019. Several in the ‘Band-Aid Box Find’ had been previously unknown. The Ruth card, though, was the biggest prize. It was eventually graded 1.5 by PSA.
The cards were apparently part of a promotion by Herpolsheimer’s Boys Fashion Shop, part of a Grand Rapids, Michigan department store. Between the PSA and SGC population reports, only 105 cards bearing the company’s ad on the backs have been authenticated and graded.
Nine of the 39 cards from the find sold for over $2,000 each including the only known George Sisler ($3,720) and Harry Hooper ($3,480).
Marshall Fogel owns one of the three PSA 10 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards and although its projected value would break every sports memorabilia record if it were to reach the market, his baseball collection goes well beyond one single, high-priced piece of cardboard.
Fogel’s legendary collection is focused on the game itself. From a game-used bat collection that worthy enough to have its own museum to game-used jerseys of legendary players and other items that chronicle the sport’s history, it’s a decades-long journey of collecting.
PBS in Denver stopped by to get a look at some of his collection (the most expensive of which is safely tucked away in a vault) and chat about why he gravitated toward the best of the best and why the value of what he owns goes way beyond money.
Check out the story, the video and the photo gallery here.
Members of the Vintage Wax and Packs Facebook group are once again hoping to raise money for a good cause through their 4th annual holiday charity sale.
Organizers David Eisenberg and Steve Schwartz are asking for donations of unopened material worth $100 or more for a sale that is conducted on the group’s page. Members of the group can purchase the items, with all proceeds going to the John Theissen Children’s Foundation. Last year’s sale alone raised $10,000.
Donated items will be listed on the Facebook page beginning on Dec. 10.
Purchased items are shipped directly from the donor to the buyer.