An exceptionally rare baseball card showcasing a 19-year-old Babe Ruth has been sold for $7.2 million at auction, inclusive of the buyer’s premium, during the Fall Auction at Robert Edward Auctions. The card, graded SGC VG 3, stands as one of merely 10 existing examples and represents the highest grade to go up for auction in over 15 years, as reported by REA.
“Overall, the card was pretty well preserved; the fact that it was in the hands of the museum for the last twenty-plus years helped keep it in the condition that it’s in,” said Brian Dwyer, president of Robert Edward Auctions, who brokered the sale. “It’s one of only ten that we know to exist.”
This baseball card, once prized by 16-year-old paperboy Archibald Davis, remained in his family’s possession for over a century. It adorned the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum in Baltimore from 1998 to 2021 before finding a new home through private sale.
The highest price ever achieved for a baseball card was $12.6 million, and it was set in the past for the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card. If this rare baseball card is the third most expensive sports card in the world, how much would you be willing to shell out to own a piece of history?
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