Ten Babe Ruth Baseball Cards That Look Undervalued


Babe Ruth baseball cards garner the most demand of any other single player in the history of the game.

The “Babe’s” lifetime baseball stats are purely staggering: .342 BA, 714 HR, and 2214 RBI’s, making him one of the best to ever play the game.

Add on the fact that he played for the Yankees, he cursed an entire franchise (the Red Sox of course), and had one of the most memorable personalities in baseball, and it’s no surprise that collector demand for Babe Ruth’s baseball cards remains very high.

But, you say that Ruth has cards that are (gulp) undervalued??

Part of our mission at All Vintage Cards is to help collectors identify baseball cards that look mis-priced in the marketplace. We utilize our research on Availability, Collector Demand, and Current Valuation to determine whether a card looks Fairly Valued or potentially Undervalued (or even Overvalued).

Using our research, we’ve identified ten Babe Ruth Baseball Cards that look Undervalued relative to investor supply and demand.  Enjoy!

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Ten Babe Ruth Baseball Cards That Look Undervalued

1886 N167 Old Judge: A Closer Look At The First Baseball Card Set

n167-old-judge-keefeAs we discussed in our first article about the history of baseball cards, there is some debate about what cards are actually the first true baseball card set.

Some believe that early “cabinet” cards from the 19th century deserve the honor, but as we noted, these cards don’t meet the true definition of a “baseball card”.

In most collecting circles the tobacco cards of 1886 included in packs of Old Judge cigarettes are indeed the first true baseball cards.

The set (cataloged as set N167 by J.R. Burdick in the historic American Card Catalog) is small in stature, as only twelve cards were created and feature cards from only the New York Giants.

Of the twelve cards, six are hall of famers, thus for a set with such diminutive size, it really packs a punch.

Finding the N167 cards is kind of like finding a needle in a haystick, thus the cards hold tremendous value.  Let’s take a closer look at the set!

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1886 N167 Old Judge: A Closer Look At The First Baseball Card Set

The 30 Most Valuable Baseball Cards of All Time (2023 Update)

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In a continuation of the history of baseball cards, we've put together a list of baseball's most valuable cards.

If one thing is clear, its that vintage, pre-war and post-war cards continue to appreciate, and over most periods, even outperforming the stock market indexes.  

I've narrowed down this list to thirty of the rarest, most valuable, and most sought-after cards in the hobby.

From a price standpoint, some of these cards might be out of reach for many collectors

But, some lower-graded versions on this list are potentialy within reach for collectors with deeper pockets. 

For comparing values, we used PSA 9 values for cards that had cards graded in that condition, otherwise, used the next highest grade below that.

Note, there is no specific order to this list.
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The 30 Most Valuable Baseball Cards of All Time (2023 Update)