1933 Goudey Babe Ruth Cards
Some of the most recognizable Babe Ruth baseball cards are from the 1933 Goudey set. This 240-card set produced by the Goudey Gum Company is one of the most popular baseball card sets of all time (along with the T206 set). It has been the subject of numerous reprints.
Because no Babe Ruth cards were included in the 1934 set, the 1933 Ruth cards are even more valuable. Depending on card condition, value of Babe Ruth 1933 Goudey cards range from a few hundred dollars to over $20,000.
The Goudey Gum Company made history when it introduced the first baseball gum cards in the US in 1933. Called the "Big League Chewing Gum," the 240 cards in the collection were an instant hit as soon as they hit the streets, eventually becoming one of the Top 3 baseball card sets of all time.
The 1933 Goudey cards stood out because they were markedly different from the baseball cards that had been offered by some tobacco and candy companies in the US since the mid-1800's. They were larger (2 3/8" x 2 7/8") and, unlike their predecessors which looked cheap in sepia tones, they had colorful, hand-drawn portraits of great American baseball stars including the great Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. They also included brief bio details of the featured player at the back of each card.
Card #106 of the 1933 Goudey set is one of the rarest baseball cards one can have. It is, in fact, one of the Big 3 baseball cards and commands a hefty premium.
Some of the most prized Babe Ruth baseball cards were also part of the 1933 Goudey collection. They became valuable because Goudey did not include Babe Ruth among its featured stars in the following year's set. Prices for good-condition Babe Ruth cards from the 1933 Goudey "Big League Chewing Gum" set continue to go up, with some climibing as high as 20,000 dollars.
Babe Ruth was also one of only three baseball greats which Goudey featured in another collection it produced in 1933. Called the 1933 Goudey "Sport Kings," the 48-card set included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Carl Hubbell alongside other stars from other sports. The 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Babe Ruth card #2 showed a beautiful hand-painted portrait of the legend from the waist up plus a small silhouetted action scene at the bottom.