Furthermore, how many Babe Ruth bats could really still be around to be chopped and shaved to fit baseball cards? You know the Yankees probably have some and are not going to sell them cheaply only to be destroyed. Maybe his family sold some? I can't see that happening, then again for the money it could fetch who knows.
Check out this completed listing for a 2009 Topps Tribute Babe Ruth bat card. By the same token, are there a bunch of old uni's in a closet somewhere that they are punching irregular shapes out of to make these ugly cards? Here is a random "game-used" jersey card example.
Maybe I am just being cynical, or I am bored and need to be reading a book right now instead of pondering things but I really don't understand who thought to save these things. Maybe not who thought of it so much as how many were kept around and are available to be destroyed. Me personally, I would rather spend $500 bucks on a card with an autograph of a player or a signed whole jersey.
I would love to see the result of a carbon-14 dating on the wood used in some of these cards because it would be some sh*% if they came back to be like 20 or 30 year old wood.
I'm done now.