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Sale of rare Babe Ruth rookie card tops Lelands Spring Auction

Babe Ruth's 1916 rookie card is one of the most rare and valuable baseball cards in existence. Even low-graded versions of the card can attract six figures, as Lelands showed in its Spring Classic Auction.

A rare Babe Ruth rookie card from 1916 topped six figures in Lelands 2022 Spring Classic Auction, despite significant wear and a grade of 1.5.

The 1916 Blank Back #151 Babe Ruth Rookie Card, which shows a young Ruth as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox prior to his trade to the New York Yankees, sold for $244,489 on 44 bids.

A 1916 M101-5 Blank Backs Babe Ruth rookie card.

1916 Babe Ruth rookie card sold in Lelands Spring Classic Auction. 

Though the card is nicely centered, all four corners have moderate rounding with rough edges and a horizontal crease running through the center of the card. It is graded FR 1.5 by SGC.

Also See: PSA reopens Value service, close to completing card backlog 

The highest-selling card in the auction was a 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket #144 Tom Brady Rookie Autograph card, graded BGS NM 7 and Auto 10, which sold for $513,102.

A 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady auto card up for bid in Lelands Spring Auction.

2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket rookie card. 

Also See: Julio Rodriguez rookie cards soaring in value 

Other auction highlights include:

• A pair of game-worn 1985 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Jordan 1 sneakers from his rookie season for $123,484.

Michael Jordan sneakers worn during his 1984-85 or 1985-86 seasons.

Game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers from his rookie year. 

• LeBron James’ first-ever Lakers 75th anniversary “City Edition” game-worn jersey from Dec. 3, 2021 for $120,076.

• A 1998-99 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #53 Kobe Bryant card, graded BGS 9, for $114,943.

• A 2009 National Treasures Platinum Basketball Panini Replay Stephen Curry Rookie Patch Auto card, graded PSA 8, for $75,807.

• A Michael Jordan signed 1986 Fleer Rookie for $70,940.

• Tigers Woods’ signed badges from all five of his Masters victories for $52,937.

• A Wilt Chamberlain 100-point game ticket for $51,648.

• And a 2022 Steph Curry game-worn jersey for $38,167.

For the complete results of the Lelands 2022 Spring Classic Auction, visit

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