Sports Collectors Daily

Ruth Cards Top Auction

There is still no shortage of collectors with significant disposable income who are willing to go all in on vintage Babe Ruth cards.   Two high grade Goudeys and a rare rookie card drew the largest bids in Goodwin & Company’s Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XLI auction ending early Thursday morning.

A PSA 8 graded 1933 Goudey #53 topped bidding at $48,464 including the buyer’s premium.  Only two Ruth cards have reached higher levels on PSA’s Population Report.

Another Ruth card from the popular gum card set, #149, also grade ‘8’ sold for $36,410.

One of only four 1916 Famous & Barr Ruth cards on the combined pop reports of PSA and SGC brought $48,135 in a PSA 2.  The St. Louis boys clothing store’s ad appears on the back of the card, one of several different ads that accompany the black and white issue.  A Jim Thorpe Famous & Barr, graded 4.5, sold for $11,309.

Some high grade T206 cards also commanded good money.  A Chief Bender portrait, one of 3 at the PSA 9 level, brought $30,090 while a PSA 8 Christy Mathewson sold for $29,339.

Among the memorabilia sold was an Eddie Gaedel autographed government postcard that brought $8,030.