An extraordinary piece of baseball memorabilia is set to make waves in the auction world this month. A highly sought-after 1915 Boston Red Sox team postcard, featuring a young Babe Ruth in his rookie season, is expected to be the star attraction in an upcoming auction. With only ten such graded postcards known to exist, this find is an incredible opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
The prestigious auction house, Heritage Auctions, is gearing up to present this exceptional item in their highly anticipated February Platinum Auction. Notably, this postcard holds the distinction of being the highest-graded example of any Babe Ruth rookie card, with a PSA rating of 6. With a pre-sale estimate suggesting a price tag of over $1 million, this postcard is sure to captivate bidders.
The postcard showcases the 1915 Boston Red Sox team, proudly recognized as the “American League Champions.” This title indicates that the postcard was likely produced around the time of the 1915 World Series. Babe Ruth, in his debut season, is prominently featured in the back row of the team photograph, cementing his place in baseball history.
During the 1915 World Series, the Red Sox’s home games were played at Braves Field, which belonged to the city’s National League team. Braves Field was chosen due to its larger seating capacity when compared to Fenway Park, which was still a relatively new stadium at that time.
The postcard identifies each member of the Red Sox team by last name and playing position. Of particular interest, Babe Ruth is seen standing next to Carl Mays, another rookie pitcher. Mays would later join Ruth in playing for the 1920 New York Yankees and is unfortunately remembered for a tragic incident in which his pitch struck and killed Cleveland player Ray Chapman in August of that same year. The card also features Hall of Famers Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper, adding further historical significance to this piece.
This auction follows the recent sale of a 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth card for an astonishing $7.25 million. Interestingly, both the 1914 and 1915 cards have a graded population of only ten each, further highlighting their rarity and value.
Heritage Auctions has aptly described this 1915 postcard as one of the most significant trading cards ever to grace the hobby’s auction market. Its scarcity and historical importance make it a highly coveted item for collectors and enthusiasts.
Bidders and fans of Babe Ruth will have the opportunity to participate in this momentous event as the auction bidding is set to commence on February 2nd. This auction promises to be a standout occasion for baseball history collectors and fans of the legendary Babe Ruth himself. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of history and immerse yourself in the nostalgia of baseball’s golden era.