1933 Goudey Babe Ruth Baseball Card Sells for Over $4.2 Million, Two Other Ruths Top $1 Million

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The Babe still carries a lot of clout. It was apparent at Memory Lane Inc. early July 11 as a trio of Babe Ruth baseball cards each topped the million-dollar mark. Leading the way was a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth, which closed at $4,212,000 including buyer’s premium.

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 9 Mile High Card Company July 2021

The same auction also saw two other Ruths top $1 million as well.

The 1933 Goudey card is #53, one of four different Babe Ruth cards in the set. The yellow-backgrounded portrait card is believed to be the toughest of the four. This particular card is the only copy of #53 to get a Mint 9 grade from PSA.

A second Goudey, #181, netted $1,272,000. It is graded a 9 Mint by PSA.

A 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth card sold for $1,452,000. The card carries a EX-MT 6 grade from PSA. A different copy in the same grade sold in March, 2021 for $940,831.20, also through Memory Lane. The Ruth card, which has an ad for The Sporting News on the back, has three additional 6s and two cards with higher grades from the company including a NM-MT 8.

All three Ruth cards came from the collection of Dr. Thomas Newman, a neurologist who passed away at the age of 73 due to COVID-19 in January. Newman had a large card collection covering many of the hobby’s most iconic releases.

The Newman Auction saw two other cards top seven figures. A NM-MT PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle sold for $2,112,000 while a 1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig graded EX 5 by PSA went for $1,032,000.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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2 comments

  1. William Patterson 11 July, 2021 at 18:06

    There is so much that determines what a card is worth,things about the card,rookie ,grade, I have hundreds and hundreds of thousands of cards from the early 60s to present football baseball basketball hockey, how would I go about finding someone near me to help me go through the cards that knows what they’re looking for?

  2. Jason R Franklin 12 July, 2021 at 01:12

    Be careful that they don’t try to take advantage of you. What general vicinity are you?

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