Babe Ruth

It’s only fitting to lead off with the greatest of the great – Babe Ruth.  Pictured below is one of the hobby’s iconic cards – #144 of the 1933 Goudey Gum series.











The 1933 Goudeys are considered to be one of the most beautiful sets of baseball cards ever produced.  They are extremely popular with card collectors and, in top condition, are very expensive.  The Babe was such a star that he commanded four different cards in this set.  Card #144 is the only full body portrait of the Ruth cards and is highly sought after.  In mint condition (PSA grade 9; a grade of 10 is considered gem mint), #144 will sell for $65-70,000.  No, that’s not a typo.  Don’t you wish you had one or two of these lying around!

This particular card plays a key role in my novel, Chin Music.  It leads to the discovery of an eighty-five-year-old secret that leads a troubled young athlete to become the most famous ballplayer in America.

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