ATLANTIC CITY — Walk by the Collectable booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention and two things jump out to you.
Displayed on pedestals at the Collectable booth are beautiful examples of two of the top Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig cards of all time.
According to Collectable CEO Ezra Levine, the Ruth 1914 Baltimore News card is trading on the secondary market at Collectable. When Levine last checked, it was over $9 million.
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The 1925 Exhibits Gehrig rookie is one card Collectable is taking interest on now, but it isn’t on the market yet. It’s valued at roughly $2-3 million.
“The Gehrig is either going to be fractionalized or it’s going to be sold privately through Collectable,” Levine said.
The Ruth card is graded an SGC 3. It’s the minor league rookie of The Great Bambino.
“It’s an absolutely incredible card,” Levine said. “It’s a card you never see come up. It’s incredibly rare. It’s survived from 1914, so for it to be here on display and on the platform for everyone to experience and to enjoy, it’s great stuff.”
This is the rarest Ruth card in existence. SGC has graded just six blue versions, including two 3s, none higher.
“This has been on our platform since last year,” Levine said. “It’s an iconic, iconic card. It was consigned to Collectable by a private collector and it’s really emblematic of the type of quality that Collectable likes to put on the platform.”
The card resides year-round at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore. The museum allowed Collectable to display it at The National.
Numerous collectors stopped by the Collectable booth to check out the phenomenal Ruth card.
“Aside from the Mantle SGC 9.5, this is probably the most valuable card that’s at The National,” Levine said. “It’s an incredible piece of history.”
The Gehrig rookie card, graded a PSA 8 for the autograph only, was signed between 1925-27 in black fountain pen. The Yankees legend didn’t sign autographs often during his career.
“There are only two signed copies in the world,” Levine said. “This is by far the most aesthetically appealing example of this. Really, really amazing stuff.
“What’s great about Collectable is people can get access to stuff that they never otherwise would. A Ruth Baltimore News and a Gehrig Exhibit are definitely emblematic of that.”