Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIII
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“It’s great to have a fellow like Ruth in there with you and not against you.”
-Waite Hoyt, Yankee Pitcher

For the collector of baseball cards, the true collector, not the random hobbyist, could there be any greater treasure than Babe Ruth’s rookie card? Truly?

Certainly, the T206 Wagner has greater value than the Ruth rookie. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card carries a cache and may be more readily identifiable to modern day fans. The glorious Turkey Red Ty Cobb or the blazing red 1914 Cracker Jack card boasting an early illustration of “Shoeless Joe” Jackson both have been known to sell for sums equal to or exceeding what many Americans will pay for their starter homes. But truly, how could any baseball card claim to be a greater treasure than the card that announced the genesis of the career of baseball’s greatest star, or for that matter the greatest star in sports history and even world history, Babe Ruth?

When you use basic logic, Ruth’s rookie card must be proclaimed the most significant card in all of sports collecting. Over a century after his birth and an even seventy years following his death, no superstar in sports, entertainment, politics or any other walk of life has ever commanded the spotlight and garnered the attention of the world in a fashion that could rival George Herman Ruth.

The Ruth Rookie Card As Currency

After years of neglect, the hobby has embraced the Ruth rookie for the treasure it is. Higher grade Ruth rookie cards have escalated in value at an astounding pace over the past few years, leaving a “Sky’s The Limit” mentality about the fiscal future of this cardboard classic. Beyond collectors, investors now see the Ruth rookie as genuine currency and have started supplanting sports card portfolios with this proven winner. Monetary notes and stocks may fluctuate in value, but the Ruth rookie’s upward sloping arrow on the value chart has demonstrated growth potential over a long period of time that outpaces virtually every stock known to man.

A $700,000+ Increase In Value In Just Over A Decade

In 2005, Ruth’s rookie card sold for a then individual record high of $15,000. Just over a decade later, in November of 2016, the hammer dropped on an outstanding Ruth rookie card after a winning bid of $717,000.

From Pitcher To Slugger To Cultural Icon

As we have mentioned in the past, nowhere in history, in no other sport, has a player dominated in two entirely different disciplines as Ruth. In football terms, imagine Ruth as Dick Butkus, reaping havoc on enemy offenses only to change from the game’s greatest defender to become John Unitas, the game’s greatest offensive weapon. The transformation represents the most implausible change in the history of sport. Yet Ruth not only made the change, he dominated at every turn – and this simple piece of cardboard marks the beginning of something the world had never seen before and most certainly will never see again.






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Magnificent 1916 M101-5 Blank Back #151 Babe Ruth Rookie SGC 70 - 5.5 EX One Of Two SGC Blank Back Examples At This Level With None Graded Higher

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Minimum Bid: $80,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $187,078.80
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Friday, December 1, 2017.
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