Babe Ruth | Most Expensive Baseball Cards

George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat”, he began his MLB career as a star left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the last two still stand as of 2019.[1] Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its “first five” inaugural members.

Babe Ruth Ultimate High Lights of Legendary Hall of Famer

At age seven, Ruth was sent to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory where he was mentored by Brother Matthias Boutlier of the Xaverian Brothers, the school’s disciplinarian and a capable baseball player. In 1914, Ruth was signed to play minor-league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles but was soon sold to the Red Sox. By 1916, he had built a reputation as an outstanding pitcher who sometimes hit long home runs, a feat unusual for any player in the pre-1920 dead-ball era. Although Ruth twice won 23 games in a season as a pitcher and was a member of three World Series championship teams with the Red Sox, he wanted to play every day and was allowed to convert to an outfielder. With regular playing time, he broke the MLB single-season home run record in 1919.

After that season, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the Yankees amid controversy. The trade fueled Boston’s subsequent 86-year championship drought and popularized the “Curse of the Bambino” superstition. In his 15 years with the Yankees, Ruth helped the team win seven American League (AL) pennants and four World Series championships. His big swing led to escalating home run totals that not only drew fans to the ballpark and boosted the sport’s popularity but also helped usher in baseball’s live-ball era, which evolved from a low-scoring game of strategy to a sport where the home run was a major factor. As part of the Yankees’ vaunted “Murderers’ Row” lineup of 1927, Ruth hit 60 home runs, which extended his MLB single-season record by a single home run. Ruth’s last season with the Yankees was 1934; he retired from the game the following year, after a short stint with the Boston Braves. During his career, Ruth led the AL in home runs during a season 12 times.

Babe Ruth Baseball Card Market Analysis & Pricing Charts

View the market chart or our free price lookup web app for more details and insights.

Most Expensive Babe Ruth Cards 2020

1.) BABE RUTH PSA 9 1923 W515-1 Yankees Strip card…Make all your friends JEALOUS!
2020-01-10 || Shipping: $0
Price Sold: $50000
BTC List Power Ranking: 7.55

2.) RARE PSA 2009 Topps American Heritage Legendary Cut Sigs BABE RUTH AUTO 1/1 NY
2020-03-05 || Shipping: $0
Price Sold: $33333.33
BTC List Power Ranking: 5.03

3.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 PSA 7 NRMT (PWCC)
2020-02-12 || Shipping: $100 || Bid Count: 94
Price Sold: $31700
BTC List Power Ranking: 4.79
(Active Bidding) List Bid Rating: 2.20

4.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53 PSA 5 EX (PWCC-S)
2020-01-15 || Shipping: $80 || Bid Count: 70
Price Sold: $18300
BTC List Power Ranking: 2.76
(Active Bidding) List Bid Rating: 1.63

5.) Extremely Rare Babe Ruth Autograph / Jersey Cut Card Leaf 2004 1/2
2020-03-29 || Shipping: $0
Price Sold: $16999
BTC List Power Ranking: 2.56

6.) 1933 Goudey Red Babe Ruth #93 PSA 4 VGEX (PMJS)
2020-01-26 || Shipping: $40
Price Sold: $15000
BTC List Power Ranking: 2.

7.) 1921 E121 SERIES OF 80 “BABE” RUTH PSA 3
2020-01-04 || Shipping: $30
Price Sold: $13500
BTC List Power Ranking: 2.04

8.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 SGC 7.5 NRMT (PWCC)
2020-03-12 || Shipping: $80 || Bid Count: 63
Price Sold: $12722.22
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.92
(Active Bidding) List Bid Rating: 1.47

9.) 1933 BABE RUTH Goudey #53 Rookie RC SGC 6 A beautiful example of this card!
2020-01-15 || Shipping: $0 || Bid Count: 48
Price Sold: $11901
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.79
BTC List Bid Rating: 1.12

10.) 1933 Goudey World Wide Gum Babe Ruth #80 SGC 7 NRMT (PWCC)
2020-03-12 || Shipping: $80 || Bid Count: 48
Price Sold: $11900
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.79
BTC List Bid Rating: 1.12

11.) 1921 E253 Oxford Confectionery Babe Ruth #15 BVG 5 EX (PWCC)
2020-02-12 || Shipping: $12.5 || Bid Count: 76
Price Sold: $11800
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.78
(Active Bidding) List Bid Rating: 1.77

12.) Lot Of (74) 1921 E121 Baseball Cards W/ Babe Ruth RC Low Grade
2020-03-29 || Shipping: $0
Price Sold: $10000
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.

13.) 1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth #32 PSA 5 EX (PWCC)
2020-03-12 || Shipping: $80 || Bid Count: 44
Price Sold: $9925
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.50
BTC List Bid Rating: 1.03

14.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53 SGC 4.5 VGEX+ (PWCC)
2020-02-12 || Shipping: $65 || Bid Count: 49
Price Sold: $9479
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.43
BTC List Bid Rating: 1.14

15.) 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth New York Yankees HOF PSA 5 EX ” SUPER HOT CARD “
2020-01-10 || Shipping: $50 || Bid Count: 36
Price Sold: $9451
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.42
BTC List Bid Rating: 0.84

16.) 1916 The Sporting News / 151 Rookie Card Babe Ruth P. Boston Red Sox Rare Card
2020-03-06 || Shipping: $0
Price Sold: $9000
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.36

17.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144. SGC 4 VG EX
2020-01-28 || Shipping: $0
Price Sold: $8900
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.34

18.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 PSA 5
2020-02-04 || Shipping: $7.95
Price Sold: $8500
BTC List Power Ranking: 1

19.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #149 PSA 4 VGEX (PWCC)
2020-03-12 || Shipping: $8 || Bid Count: 32
Price Sold: $8213
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.24
BTC List Bid Rating: 0.74

20.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53 SGC 4.5 VGEX+ (PWCC)
2020-03-12 || Shipping: $60 || Bid Count: 32
Price Sold: $8211.11
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.24
BTC List Bid Rating: 0.74

21.) 1922 E121 American Caramel Babe Ruth Photo Montage PSA 3 Series of 120 HOF
2020-01-05 || Shipping: $0
Price Sold: $7999.95
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.20

22.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 PSA 4 VGEX (PWCC)
2020-02-12 || Shipping: $50 || Bid Count: 50
Price Sold: $7500
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.13
BTC List Bid Rating: 1.17

23.) 2002 UD Diamond Connection Memorable Babe Ruth AUTO /3 #B-BR PSA Auth (PWCC)
2020-02-19 || Shipping: $50 || Bid Count: 51
Price Sold: $7500
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.13
BTC List Bid Rating: 1.19

24.) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 SGC 5 EX (PWCC)
2020-01-15 || Shipping: $50 || Bid Count: 32
Price Sold: $7460
BTC List Power Ranking: 1.12
BTC List Bid Rating: 0.74