Babe Ruth Relics will be included in Allen & Ginter

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Bambino is coming to the Ginter.

One of the sports world’s biggest names is coming to one of the baseball card world’s more-popular brands this summer as a game-used memorabilia card for the first time that’s not on a 1/1 basis.

Babe Ruth is among the Relic subjects for the upcoming Allen & Ginter release from Topps and the company confirmed his inclusion to Beckett Media on Wednesday.

“He will have an Allen & Ginter Mini Relic card,” said Jon Einalhori, Topps’ assistant brand manager for baseball. “The card will be limited.”

Ruth, who was Major League Baseball’s career home run leader for more than 50 years until Hank Aaron topped his 714 in 1974, is no stranger to cardboard more than 60 years after his death. He appears on 4,211 cards valued at more than $1.07 million not including rarities. (Click here for a checklist or Online Price Guide.)

Ruth also is no stranger to memorabilia cards, either, with 1,185 different ones made through the years. For Ruth and Ginter, there’s just a single 1/1, a book card from last year’s Ginter pairing him with another Yankees legend, Joe DiMaggio.

Ruth made his Allen & Ginter debut in 2008 with a single insert card in that year’s product. After a couple of one-offs — a National Sports Collectors Convention Ginter card and an eTopps Ginter card — he had not been used in Allen & Ginter until just last year. (Ruth Ginter checklist here.)

The eighth edition of Allen & Ginter will arrive on Aug. 7.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Matt
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Another reason to love Allen & Ginter. Definitely in again

  2. Lou
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Freakin Topps. Just when I thought I was done with boxes for awhile

  3. Jordan Friedman
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Axl, Yasiel and Ruth too……count me in!

  4. Thomas Turner
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Any idea how many cards they will print?

  5. chrisolds
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    They don’t disclose production quantities or info on the side. What they told me on that is what’s there.

  6. Richard
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    What will the COA say?
    Will they actually say it was from Bat used by Ruth, or will they use weasel words that mean

  7. Thomas Turner
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks. I’m sure it won’t be a large print run, but it will give a guy like me a better shot at getting one. How awesome would it be to pull a Ruth jersey at Target! Lol

  8. Cubbie Nation
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    how does topps authenticate items such as a babe ruth used bat? beckett should do an investigative report on how companies such as topps, ud, etc… authenticate the items used in their products

  9. chrisolds
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Cubbie: For starters, check out the December 2012 issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. In short, they aren’t authenticators. They buy items that already have been examined and deemed authentic by trusted experts.

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