Goudey urged the kids to look for a card that didn’t exist in 1933. Almost 88 years later, the gamble to gain more sales resulted in a makeup filler from a guy who had long retired. is still pursued by collectors.
The 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie was sent to collectors who wrote to the company after the season, wondering why the hell they couldn’t pull a # 106. Printed on a 1934 drawing and sent to those who wrote the company based in Boston, it’s a rare treasure these days. A copy of PSA 5 (EX) sold for $ 70,500 at Hunt Auctions, setting a record for the note.
Although both higher and lower quality examples have sold several times since, this was the first sale of a PSA 5 since 2009 when one was auctioned for 27,707. $. The card’s presale estimate was $ 25,000 to $ 50,000. The map was one of a large batch of antique maps preserved over a 40-year period by a collector in Texas.
More than 500 lots of sports cards and memorabilia were sold in the auction, which opened with an online auction and ended with a live session that lasted for several hours on Saturday.
The pre-war “Texas Collection” cards attracted a lot of attention. A 1912 S81-rated baseball tobacco bristle set, featuring most of the big stars of the deadball era, was dismantled and sold for a cumulative total of $ 84,555, led by an SGC 2 Ty Cobb that cost nearly of $ 10,000.
A set of 1916 BF2 Bakery felt pennants climbed to a total price of just under $ 50,000. A rare variation of the 1911 Dick Hoblitzell T205 card “no stats” rated PSA 3 finished at $ 26,437, more than double the previous record in this category. A collection of 79 T204 Ramly 1909 cards sold in one set cost $ 22,912 and a rare 1920 Babe Ruth Theater advertising card sold for $ 20,000, more than three times its high estimate. A 1933 SGC 5 rated Goudey # 53 sold for $ 31,137, while a # 149 SGC 5 rated Ruth sold for $ 19,975.
Among the vintage memorabilia sold was a “Home Run Special” bullet signed Ruth in excellent condition and including remnants of the original box which cost $ 28,787. A 1954 Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey grossed $ 22,325.
A collection of over 120 unique signature baseballs featuring Hall of Fame members collected by retired Phillies pitcher Larry Christenson garnered a lot of interest with an Honus Wagner generating $ 14,100.
Modern memorabilia sold included a signed 1994 Ken Griffey Jr. gaming model bat that topped his estimate of $ 2,000 to $ 4,000 at $ 13,218.