1973 Topps Ruth Aaron Mays1970s Babe Ruth Baseball Cards

As Topps emerged as the major baseball card producer in the 1970's, fewer original Babe Ruth cards were produced. Topps did release a few cards in 1973 recognizing Ruth's career milestone achievements, most notably a Career Home Run Leaders card with Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays prior to Aaron overtaking Ruth as the all-time home run leader. A handful of promotional card sets also included Ruth in the 70's.

The 1973 Topps All-Time Home Run Leaders card (#1) is one of the more popular Ruth cards printed in the 1970s.  The card features a large photo of Ruth with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays underneath, not long before Aaron was able to pass the Bambino as baseball's all-time home run leader.

As part of the same 1973 set, Topps produced another card of only the Babe.  Card #474, featuring a head shot of Ruth, is one of the more valuable cards of Babe Ruth widely distributed in the 70's.  Even in nearly perfect condition, it can usually be found for a couple hundred dollars.


Ruth is also featured in the 1972 Kellogg's baseball card set.  The 15-card set includes a few players from the Ruth era, including Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, and Tris Speaker.  There are two Ruth cards in the 1972 Kellogg's set - #6 and #14.