The finest graded 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig card in existence brought nearly one quarter million dollars in Memory Lane’s September auction.
It lasted until the wee hours of Sunday morning, but the wait was worth it for the high bidder.
A 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig, professionally authenticated and graded a perfect gem mint 10 by PSA, lived up to pre-sale expectations when it sold for $234,000. With a buyer’s premium of 17.5% added, the final realized price for the card was $274,949. The card had been in the possession of long-time collector Charles Merkel.
In all, the successful auction bids totalled over $2.7 million.
The second most popular item in the Memory Lane sale was a rare, high grade 1952 Topps Andy Pafko. The PSA 8 black-back variation brought a final price of $95, 175. The Pafko is the #1 card in the set and is exceptionally difficult to obtain in a near mint state.
Other high grade cards sold included:
- 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie PSA 6 $43,729
- 1969 Topps Super set graded PSA 8-10 throughout $25,850
- 1954 Topps Hank Aaron PSA 9 $25,517
- 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb SGC 88 $24, 675
Two 1930s New York Yankees payroll checks, both PSA authenticated, brought big money. A Lou Gehrig signed check was nailed down for $48,175 while a Babe Ruth sold for $42,300.
The bat used by Hank Aaron to hit his 704th career home run sold for $19,642. Complete results are available at memorylaneinc.com.