The 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth Rookie Card with the Orioles

The Very First Baseball Card of Babe Ruth
  • August 24, 2022

Long before Babe Ruth was slugging a record number of home runs with the New York Yankees, and even before his was a standout pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, The Babe played for the Orioles. See the VERY rare Babe Ruth rookie card with when he played for Baltimore.

Babe Ruth is the most famous baseball player of all-time. You recognize the name of Babe Ruth and know many of his baseball stats despite Ruth having left us 74 years ago! Most of Ruth's baseball accolades came as a member of the New York Yankees where he hit 659 of his then-record (and by far a record) 714 home runs. Before slugging homers, Ruth played for the Boston Red Sox and was a phenomenal pitcher. In 1916, Ruth won 23 games on the mound and had an ERA of 1.75. Did you know that Ruth was also a Baltimore Oriole? Ruth's first ever baseball card is with the Orioles! 


1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth Rookie Card-1

There is Babe Ruth at just 19 years old. You can see the team on the bottom of the card listed as International League Balto. In 1914, Ruth signed with the minor league Baltimore Orioles team and on March 7th, 1914, Ruth played in his first professional baseball game. In his very first game, Ruth played short stop, pitched two innings, and hit a long home run. In July that season, Ruth was sold to the Red Sox as Baltimore was in financial trouble. Ruth's monthly salary was $100 and when sold to the Red Sox - imagine having to give up Ruth to save $100 a month. 

1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth Rookie Card 2-1

As Ruth was becoming the most famous player of all-time, he was being featured on many baseball cards such as the 1933 Goudey baseball cards. However, there is this VERY RARE true rookie card of Ruth that you see above when he was just a young man. In 1914, as an Oriole, Ruth debuted on the 1914 Baltimore News set. In total, 11 players are in the set. Each card measures 2-5/8" x 3-5/8" with the player on the front, and the team schedule on the back. There are two versions - red and blue. The card you see above has the red tint. One color contains the home schedule for the team and the other the away schedule. How rare is these Babe Ruth cards? Only about 10 are known to exist! PSA has only graded 3 and SGC has just 1 card on their report.

The value of the SGC-graded card in this photo is 6 MILLION dollars!

Now you know the very first card that Babe Ruth ever appeared on. You can use this as a trivia question; few people will know that Ruth was an Oriole! 


We have purchased many collections of Babe Ruth items. From baseball cards like the Yonkers Name Tag Collection to autographed Babe Ruth baseballs such as this ball that belonged to Ruth's Yankees teammate! If you have any Babe Ruth cards or autographs you're interested in selling, we would love to speak with you.

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