Card of the Day: 2005 Donruss Signature HOF Materials Babe Ruth (Red Sox)

For much of the last decade, or since game used baseball cards became common place in the industry, I’d always dreamed of owning one of Babe Ruth. There’s just something about the name Ruth that makes you want to own a piece of the legend. Although some would argue that he was not the greatest player in the history of the game, there is no doubt that Ruth is the man everyone thinks of when baseball comes to mind. And because of that, his legend is larger than life, and in this hobby, the only person that holds a candle to Ruth is perhaps Honus Wagner … and that’s because his baseball card is the most famous (and expensive) of all time. But my path to actually owning a piece of Ruth has been a rocky one. I’d been outbid numerous times on eBay, and one time I actually won a dual game-used bat and pants card, but the seller never shipped it. And to further compound the issue, I’m a Red Sox fan … I wanted to find a Ruth card with some sort of connection to the Sox.

Well, lo and behold they made one. This 2005 Donruss Signatures Hall of Fame memorabilia card is not serial numbered but is limited to a mere 55 copies, according to Beckett. I managed to snag this copy for roughly $125, which is $25 less than what the more common Yankees version sells for. It is now a staple in my Red Sox collection, as well as my RAM Project. What’s unclear is if the bat piece is actually from a bat used by Ruth while with the Red Sox, or if it is from the same bat Donruss purchased to create the hundreds of other Ruth memorabilia cards. Typically I am not a big bat card guy, but this is one beauty I could not pass up. Now if only I can find a jersey card with a Yankee pinstripe.

3 Responses to “Card of the Day: 2005 Donruss Signature HOF Materials Babe Ruth (Red Sox)”

  1. The first Babe Ruth baseball card was printed in 1914 by the Baltimore Sun Newspaper, back when The Babe was a minor league ballplayer for the Baltimore Orioles. That particular baseball card, being the first card ever produced of the young pitching prospect, has been sold for as high as $517,000 in recent years!

  2. […] particularly ones of true baseball legends, as special pieces of my collection. I’ve got a Ruth Bat, Gehrig jersey and a piece of DiMaggio, too. But truth of the matter is that there are so many of […]

  3. […] is the bat. I actually despise the game-used bat card, unless of course it’s someone like Babe Ruth,  because so many of them look exactly the same. Also, you can literally get several thousand […]

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