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updated 04/23/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/23/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

At last—the boys of summer are back! After an unseemly labor delay, major leaguers finally unlimbered and began regular-season play, with the last home openers taking place this week. For a while, though, it looked as if all we'd have this summer were our memories of baseball phenoms. Thus we turned to the list of baseball-card prices below and wondered: How much would a vintage Babe Ruth (the player, not the card) be worth today, in the age of free agency, staggering TV contracts and multimillionaire mediocrities? Let's see, the Yankees' Don Mattingly just signed a five-year, $19.3 million contract. And as good as Mattingly is, he isn't in the Bambino's league either in terms of stats or charisma. So let's offer Ruth...$5 million a year? $6 million? More? And oh, yes: What would be the Ruthian endorsement take? After all, Babe knew baseball...

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