Heritage Auctions says last month’s sale of the top-ranked 1933 Goudey baseball set on PSA’s Registry netted $3.65 million, nearly doubling pre-sale estimates. Several new records were set in the card-by-card auction of a set in which each card was rated 8 or 9 by PSA.
As we reported earlier, the auction included four high-grade Babe Ruth cards, which fetched nearly $1.3 million by themselves. In addition, two Lou Gehrig cards brought a combined $621,600, and the elusive Napoleon Lajoie card in a PSA 9 holder drew a record $264,000.
The top price was $576,000 for a #160 Lou Gehrig (PSA 9). The biggest price among the four Ruth cards was $528,000 for the #144, also rated 9 by PSA.
The sale took place four months after the top-ranked T206 set netted over $8 million.
“The results exceeded even our most optimistic expectations,” Heritage Auctions Direct of Sports Auctions Chris Ivy said after reviewing the results. “It’s a clear continuation of the outrageous success of our T206 set auction back in September. It’s a financial golden age for top-ranked PSA registry sets.”
Other cards that established new records included, but were not limited to:
- 1933 Goudey Mel Ott #127 PSA Mint 9: $84,000
- 1933 Goudey Benny Bengough #1 PSA NM-MT 8: $66,000
- 1933 Goudey Red Faber #79 PSA Mint 9: $50,400
- 1933 Goudey Jimmy Foxx #29 PSA NM-MT 8: $48,000
- 1933 Goudey Dazzy Vance #2 PSA NM-MT 8: $26,400
- 1933 Goudey Ralph Kress #33 PSA NM-MT 8: $15,600
Heritage Auctions will hold its next trading card auction April 18-19.