1914 Baltimore News Set and Checklist with Babe Ruth ‘Rookie’

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Baltimore News
Year 1914
Size 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″
Images Color Tint
Type Publications
Number in Set
16 (?)

1914 Baltimore News Overview

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The 1914 Baltimore News set has gained notoriety for its Babe Ruth card, which is identified as the rookie of the famous slugger by many collectors.

The cards were produced by the Baltimore News and included local players from the Baltimore Terrapins and Baltimore Orioles – teams in the International and Federal Leagues. Cards were printed in either blue or red ink with the backs including a schedule. The set was actually part of a game, per PSA.

While potentially Ruth’s earliest baseball card, not all agree that this is necessarily his rookie edition. A rookie card is often classified as a player’s first non-regional edition and while many early cards were regional to some degree, Ruth’s 1914 Baltimore News is particularly a regional issue. The card also features Ruth as an International League player and some collectors believe that only major league issues should serve as a true rookie.

Whatever the case, though, this has become Ruth’s most valuable card. The cards sell consistently for six figures and ones not in low-grade condition are generally considered to be seven-figure cards. Grasping a good feel on their pricing, however, can be difficult because they are hardly ever offered for sale.

1914 Baltimore News Checklist

Per that earlier PSA link, 16 cards in all exist in the set. That, however, is likely not complete. For example, a Terrapins team card is not known but would be likely to exist as the Orioles one does.

  1. Neal Ball
  2. Baltimore Orioles Team Card
  3. Ensign Cotrell
  4. Birdie Cree
  5. Bert Daniels
  6. Davidson
  7. Mike Doolan
  8. Jack Dunn
  9. Gleichmann
  10. Allen Russell
  11. Babe Ruth
  12. Ernie Shore
  13. George Suggs
  14. George Twombley
  15. Ducky Yount
  16. Guy Zinn

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