One of only ten known 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth cards has been consigned to Robert Edward Auctions' spring 2013 sale. Many consider the 1914 Babe Ruth to be the single most important and miraculous baseball card in the world. This card features Ruth as an unknown minor league rookie straight out of St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys.
The card, which pictures Ruth as a member of the American Association's Baltimore Orioles, is graded PSA 1. It last sold at auction for $152,750 in 2009. The 1914 Babe Ruth rookie card is universally recognized as one of the rarest and famous baseball cards in existence, and is rivaled in value only by the famous T206 Honus Wagner. This is the first time REA has had an example to offer at auction since 2009. (In September, REA sold a PSA 2 example for $575,000 in a private transaction. That card had previously sold at auction REA in 2007, at that time realizing $199,500). The 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth rookie predates his next card, which features him as a major leaguer with the Boston Red Sox, by a full two years. While the 1916 Babe Ruth card has exploded in value over the past several years, as can be seen by numerous auction results, the far rarer 1914 Babe Ruth rookie has simply not been offered at auction for years.
Of the ten known examples of the 1914 Babe Ruth rookie card, three are entrenched in one major private collection (one red, one blue, and one back variation) and two in another (one red and one blue). One example is in the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore, and three highlight extremely advanced multimillion dollar collections. It is unlikely that any of these examples will be available in the foreseeable future (if ever). Unless a new example is discovered, the 1914 Babe Ruth rookie card that will be presented in the REA Spring 2013 sale may be the last example to see the auction block for many years.
The minimum bid on the card will be $100,000.
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