By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
The Bambino is going back to Baltimore.
A landmark collection of PSA-graded Babe Ruth baseball cards will be on display for collectors to see during this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore thanks to Memory Lane Inc.
The collection is owned by Don Spence and is the finest in the PSA registry with many of the cards having a population of 10 or fewer copies in their top grades — a collection that includes more than 140 cards including a 1916 Sporting News card, Ruth’s 1933 Goudey Rookie Cards and more from throughout his career. Memory Lane will give all visitors to its booth a free calendar/poster showcasing some of the best cards from the lot.
“We think Baltimore is the perfect place to showcase Don’s cards and give collectors a chance appreciate them,” said Memory Lane’s J.P. Cohen. “The city is where Babe Ruth was born and where his career launched. We know the collection will be a great complement to the other Babe Ruth attractions that are so close to the Baltimore Convention Center.”
While the cards are not for sale — the collection was largely built through Memory Lane — the Tustin, Calif.-based auction house will launch its latest catalog auction at the show with many items on display. Among the Ruth items in the auction will include a signed glove, autographed baseballs and other signed items from the family of Christy Walsh, who was Ruth’s manager/agent. (Need a Ruth checklist or OPG? Click here.)
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