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Rare Babe Ruth 1916 M101-5 Blank Back Rookie Card Sells for $244k in the Lelands 2022 Spring Classic Auction

A scarce Babe Ruth 1916 Blank Back #151 Babe Ruth Rookie Card sold for $244,489 in the Lelands 2022 Spring Classic Auction, which closed on June 11.  The Babe Ruth Blank Back Rookie Card is one of the most important cards in the entire hobby, and this 1916 beauty depicts Ruth as a young pitching phenom for the Red Sox prior to becoming “The Sultan of Swat” with the Yankees.

The auction also featured a 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket #144 Tom Brady Rookie Autograph BGS NM 7 – Auto 10 ($513,102), LeBron James’ first-ever Lakers 75th anniversary “City Edition” game-worn jersey from December 3, 2021 ($120,076), and a Michael Jordan Signed 1986 Fleer Rookie ($70,940).

Additional highlights included Tigers Woods’ signed badges from all five of his Masters victories ($52,937), a Wilt Chamberlain 100-point game ticket ($51,648), and a 2022 Steph Curry photo-matched Warriors game-worn jersey ($38,167).

For the complete results of the Lelands 2022 Spring Classic Auction, visit


Established in 1985, Lelands is the world’s first sports memorabilia and card auction house, and the premier appraisers and authenticators in the entire sports hobby. Its founder, the late Josh Leland Evans, was a pioneer in the field and acknowledged by his peers as the most knowledgeable figure in sports memorabilia. Renowned in his own right, Evans’s long-time partner Michael Heffner continues Lelands’ four decade tradition of personal customer service and maximizing results for clients. Lelands has handled many of the largest landmark auctions, achieving world-record prices for countless cards and iconic memorabilia including a Tom Brady rookie card ($3.1 million), Babe Ruth’s 1927 Yankees World Series ring ($2.09 million), Ruth’s 1919 “Curse of the Bambino” signed contract ($2.3 million), and a 1920 Ruth Yankees jersey ($4.5 million). For more information, visit

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