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Babe Ruth rookie card, $762,500, Bonhams

Babe Ruth rookie card

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far

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by Ken Hall


Babe Ruth rookie card A Gimbels Department Store version of Babe Ruth’s M101-4 rookie card sold for $762,500 at a Fine Books and Manuscripts auction held April 10th by Bonhams in New York. The card, one of the most sought-after trading cards, had a pre-sale estimate of $600,000. The consignor’s grandfather, who was 10 years old and living in Milwaukee at the time, acquired the card over a century ago during a 1916 Gimbels promotional giveaway of baseball cards featuring stars of the day.