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5 Most Expensive Baseball Cards in the World


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1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth
Most people associate Babe Ruth with the Red Sox or the Yankees, but Babe Ruth also played for Baltimore, and his statue stands outside of Camden Yards.
Most people associate Babe Ruth with the Red Sox or the Yankees, but Babe Ruth also played for Baltimore, and his statue stands outside of Camden Yards.
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Babe Ruth is an essential addition to the list. This card was issued in 1914, just after the fresh-faced rookie was signed to the Baltimore Orioles, then a minor-league team. The cards were issued in either red-and-white or blue-and-white color schemes with a game schedule printed on the back. Only 10 of these cards are believed to exist. A few months after this card was issued, Ruth was traded to the major-league Boston Red Sox and began building his legend as one of the MLB's greatest homerun hitters.

Sportscard Guaranty graded this card using a scale of 100. While it garnered a relatively low grade of 40 (no high-grade versions are believed to exist), the card garnered 59 bids during a rare auction appearance in 2008. It sold through Robert Edwards Auctions for $517,000 [source: Sports Collectors Daily].