BALTIMORE (AP) — Much like the icon it depicts, the 1914 Babe Ruth baseball card is renowned for a variety of reasons.
For a collector, it’s a unique treasure worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is the first Babe Ruth card, and fewer than a dozen are known to be in existence. It pictures Ruth as a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of the International League.
For Mike Gibbons, the executive director of the Babe Ruth Museum, the card represents an early glimpse at a man whose popularity would transcend baseball, and a man who would forgo life as a pitcher to become arguably the greatest slugger in baseball history.
And to Glenn Davis, who has loaned the card to the museum, it represents a loving link with his grandfather and father.