It’s one of the hobby’s most sought-after cards. But a mint example cost one buyer over $123,000 in a recent auction.
Ten lots brought at least $25,000 each in Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions sale last week, highlighted by a 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie that sold for $123,488 which included the buyer’s premium.
Actually printed in 1934 and featuring a 1934 Goudey design on its front, it was only available through a mail-in promotion for those wanting to complete their sets. As a result, the scarcity and subsequent value of the Lajoie card is such that many collectors of the 1933 Goudey set will consider it complete without card #106.
A complete, graded set of 1948-49 Leaf baseball brought second highest honors, selling for $73,425. The set was third best on the PSA set registry.
Vintage baseball cards were, in fact, the main attraction in the sale–at least in terms of highest prices realized. A 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb graded PSA 8 brought $61,809. A 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig graded PSA 9 was also hot in the auction, selling for $34,417.
Single-signed Babe Ruth bat $52,741
1934 Tour of Japan Presentation album with signed sheets $31,988
1937 Luke Appling White Sox jersey $30,465
T206 Willie Keeler portrait PSA 8 (1 of 4) $30,792
1916 M101-4 Gimbels Babe Ruth rookie PSA 5 $29,014
1911 T4 Oak Cabinet Buck Weaver $28,282
1909 T212 Obak PCL Set $26,936
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