Card of the Day: 1967 Topps Venezuelan Babe Ruth

**Note: With the All-Star game taking place this week at Yankee Stadium, I will spend the next several days showcasing cards from my Yankee collection. This is the final segment in the series.

How could I write a weeklong series of blogs about the Yankees or Yankee Stadium and not include Babe Ruth? Come on, you knew it was coming. Here we’re looking at a very rare 1967 Topps Venezuelan Babe Ruth card … or at least what’s left of it. I’ve got only one older Ruth (1960 Fleer), and even that card was produced 27 years after his official rookie card. Ruth is the Yankees. He is the history of baseball. I’m not going to recap everything he did during his career. I’m not going to discuss his time with my the Red Sox or The Curse. I want to speak strictly about this card.

This is a Topps card produced in Venezuela for that market. Very rarely will you ever see these in the United States, and when you do they command a premium. Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you this card is worth thousands of dollars and one day will pay for my child’s college tuition. Hell, in this condition it wouldn’t even fill up the gas tank in my wife’s 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle. (That costs about $63 these days by the way) But these are the type of cards I love. Because of the condition, I was able to pick this bad boy up for a mere $19. (High book value is $800) That’s insane. I know there are hundreds of things you could do with $19, but this is how I chose to spend it and I could not be happier. I purchased this card on eBay straight from Venezuela, so that’s a big plus. I’m always intrigued by International card issues, and even more so the love of the game abroad. I don’t think I fully understand how lucky I am to live in America and be able watch this game for eight months out of the year. We see the best talent in the world, and for just a few bucks most of us can get seats at our nearest stadium and watch the game live. It’s not like that elsewhere. Sure the game is played worldwide, but the talent level is not the same. And even those baseball fans will admit the game’s best players are playing in Major League Baseball. Which leads me to my main point: These internationally issued cards are important to the history of this hobby and the game. In their infancy, cards were not produced as a collectible that was thought to have any real monetary value. They were produced in part so that fans can own a picture of their favorite players and have a way to track their stats. These internationally issued cards show that the game truly is a world-wide phenomenon. And the fact that this card in this condition even exists some four decades after it was produced is a miracle. After all, how many times have you heard about some guy in the United States that had his collection thrown out by his mother. Imagine how it might have been in other countries where they tend not to hoard such nonsense as cardboard with pictures of American baseball players.

Anyone care to translate what’s written here? I get the gist, but looking for a direct translation.


4 Responses to “Card of the Day: 1967 Topps Venezuelan Babe Ruth”

  1. Charles Berman Says:

    BABE RUTH

    Born in Baltimore, 6-2-95.
    Died 16-8-48, L-Z, B-Z.

    The contribution of Babe Ruth to the baseball of the United States cannot be defined in words. Suffice it to say that he changed the structure of the game, and with the money produced by his ticket sales Yankee Stadium was constructed. His records are numerous, and among the most notable his 714 home runs hit, 60 of them in 1927, are mentioned. He began as a pitcher and was converted by the Yankees into an outfielder in order to put his punch to good use. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936.

  2. eduardo escalante Says:

    congratulations, I am Venezuelan collector and have almost all the RETIRADOS, INCLUDING CY YOUNG, TED WILLIAMS, JOE DIMAGIO, roy campanella, Yogy Berra, etc, but never see before the Babe Ruth card, even in that condition is atreasury.

  3. alexis bracho Says:

    buenas noches,yo tengo las 10 targetas de topps venezuela 1962 en castellano de babe ruth, que es una coleccion de 198 targetas y yo tango 184,cualquier informacion se las puedo informar

  4. Hope you still have that card. It’s gone up quite a bit in value.

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