Baseball card collector finds rare Babe Ruth card worth millions

May 24, 2019 04:06 PM

A baseball card collector may have hit the jackpot. He discovered the valuable collectible from a company that no longer exists.

"I don't want to grow up. I play baseball, I play football, I love sports," said Dale Ball. "To me, this isn't a business. This is my life here."

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Ball is aptly named. Originally from Port Byron, west of Syracuse, he knows about upstate winters. Now living in California, he recently helped a woman get snow chains off her car in snowy Nevada.

As a thank you, she gave him an empty pack of cigarettes that contained several Sacajawea coins.

While later having it appraised, he noticed a rookie card of Brett Favre the football player. Under it, something else caught his eye. It was a Babe Ruth card made by a company he never heard of – Shotwell. He bought it for $2. Now, it's worth millions.

Find out how Ball reacted when he learned just how rare the card was, by watching the video of John Craig's story.


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