1916 Weil Baking Ruth baseball card makes $89,500

A 1916 Weil Baking Babe Ruth baseball card has sold for $89,625 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

The lot headlined a sale of sports memorabilia on May 14-16.

Babe Ruth Rookie
The Babe Ruth rookie card was issued in 1916 - when he was known as a pitcher

Released in 1916, four years before he moved from the Red Sox to the Yankees, the card is among the most desirable in the hobby.

The auction house explained in the run-up to the sale: "The D329 Weil Baking brand is scarce. For the entire series, SGC has graded a total of only 247 cards. Of those, only 13 grade as high with six grading higher.

"This card has been graded SGC 60 EX 5. To date, a total of only four Ruth cards have been submitted to SGC and this is the highest graded of that precious group!

"Normally that is a huge selling feature but truth be told this card could be torn in two and taped together and still be the crowning touch to any vintage collection."

A bat used by Ruth between 1923 and 1924 and described by Heritage as a "wrist-straining forty ounce (40 oz.) leviathan" sold for $83,650.

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