He was sober, liked junk food and alcohol, and yet managed to become a baseball legend. George Herman Ruth, also known as Babe Ruth or the Bambino, played his first professional game on April 22, 1914. His single pitch was enough to win over an audience and change baseball forever.
Until then, the popular American sport focused on defense, speed, pitching and strategy. But the legendary player turned the audience’s interest to power and what is most fascinating to them today – home runs. He became the first player to hit 30, 40, 50 and then 60 home runs in one season.
Way ahead of the competition
At the time Babe Ruth hit 700 career home runs, no one else had even half that. In addition to his record-breaking batting career, he was also the best left-handed pitcher in the league.
It’s no surprise that his historic baseball card, now up for auction, could be the most expensive in history.
“This card is, in our opinion, the most significant baseball card ever made. We have it right here. It is from 1914. One of ten in existence. And it depicts Babe Ruth as a 19-year-old player for the Baltimore Orioles in the International League. It’s the first time it’s appeared on any collectible,” Brian Dwyer of Robert Edward Auctions, who is selling the card, describes the card in the opening video for this article.
The card is being auctioned from last Friday, i.e. from November 17, until December 3. And that in New Jersey, where the first officially recognized match took place on June 19, 1846.
The card attacks the record. Interest has been boosted by covid
According to Robert Edward Auctions, bidding is already over $6 million with a week and a half to go. The auction house from New Jersey estimates that the price of the rare piece will exceed 10 million dollars.
The most expensive baseball card to date was sold by Heritage Auctions in Texas last August for $12.6 million. It’s from 1951 and has Mickey Mantle on it. The so-called The Commerce Comet played nearly 20 years later than the Bambino and is considered the greatest baseball player in history. His card is also the most expensive sports collectible ever.
According to traders, the higher interest is also due to nostalgia prices, which had more time during the pandemic when people took over collections. The question is whether Babe Ruth will confirm this thesis. But the cards are said to have a strong place in the lucrative sports souvenir market.
“We’ve seen a crazy explosion in sports cards in recent years. Something like this would have shocked us five years ago, but today it doesn’t seem so crazy to me,” said Michael Kowpak, owner of a sports collectibles store in New York, at the end of the introductory video for the article, about the estimates of the record price of the legendary player’s card .