Call me nuts but I have a hard time celebrating a World Series win by a team that plays in the most home run friendly park in baseball and whose 2009 team salary was higher than the Marlins, Nationals, Pirates, and Padres combined.
Rather than to keep dwelling, I’d like to continue the ‘Collecting On A Budget’ segment that first ran in April and never returned. Did you know that for less than the price of a box of 2009 Topps Tribute you could own a Babe Ruth card from the 1930’s, a piece of The Babe’s game-used memorabilia, and even a Ruth one of one?
First thing you have to do is throw expectations out the door. Forget owning one of the legendary ‘Piece of History’ bat relics or a beautiful Donruss 1/1 from the era when they never shut their printers off. You have to be selective and will have to trade aesthetics for the basics.
First thing you will need to do is find a vintage Ruth. Don’t even try to find the best copy out there. Instead, search for those beat-up cards that were tacked on walls and stuck in bicycle spokes for an entire summer. Those are the least expensive and more often than not, authentic.
Next up you will need to find a piece of wood and/or clothing the legendary Yankees star used. Topps, Upper Deck, Donruss, and others have produced thousands of these cards so it won’t exactly be hard to find. Just remember to think small and plain. No pinstripe on this relic.
The final task is perhaps the toughest. Babe Ruth 1/1 cards are extremely hard to come by and sell for big money, even without memorabilia and/or autographs. You will have to settle for the least desirable true 1/1 and that comes from 2008 Upper Deck SPx and their seemingly endless supply of Babe Ruth 1/1’s.
So there you have it. You can pre-order a box of 2009 Topps Tribute for $235 dollars and take your chances or for just under $200 you can pick up three interesting (if not highly sought after) Babe Ruth cards to add to your collection.
So what’s it gonna be?