Babe Ruth 1914 Baltimore News SGC 40
The Babe Ruth 1914 Baltimore News SGC 40 sold for $517,000 at auction in 2008, making it the second most expensive trading card in the world.
The SGC 40-graded cigarette card depicts a 19-year-old Ruth in his minor league days with the Baltimore Orioles of the International League, prior to his step up to the big time.
The card states that Ruth was a pitcher but he became famous for his batting.
The Baltimore Sun Newspaper printed the card in 1914.
There are thought to be only 10 examples of this card in existence.
Ruth is widely regarded as one of the finest ever US sports stars.
He played for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Boston Braves between 1914 and 1935.
He was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1936.
History of the card
The card was passed down through generations of a Baltimore family until it was put up for auction in 2007.
The card fetched $517,000 at Robert Edward Auctions in 2007. It attracted 59 bids.