Babe Ruth 1933 Mint 9 Baseball Card Could Fetch A Record $5.2 Million At Online Auction

If you’ve got a couple of million lying around and you have nothing planned for it, there very well could be a Babe Ruth 1933 baseball card in your future.

Ruth’s card became available after Florida physician Thomas Newman died of COVID-19.

The physician left a massive sports card collection worth up to $20 million, according to reports. The Ruth card could go for as high as $5.2 million, setting a new world record price.

Newman was not in the card collecting industry for money, but for the love of it. His wife said he would drive around and go to various trading card conventions in the United States.

When he passed away in January at the age of 73, he had more than 1,000 vintage and modern baseball, football and hockey cards.

Now Newman’s collection will be on display and for sale at an online auction at California-based Memory Lane from June 21st to July 10th.

The Ruth card that has everyone giddy is the only Mint 9 condition card of its kind known to exist. Since the card has been ranked a 9, it’s going to be tough to find one that’s even close to that condition.

The card industry has done a 180, taking off again after years of being dormant.

The Ruth card isn’t the only card that is going to get plenty of eyeballs, as a 1916 Ruth Sporting News rookie card and a near-perfect 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card will be up for auction and are expected to sell for about $1 million.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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