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High-Grade 1933 Goudey Cards Bring Seven Figures in Memory Lane $13.9 Million Auction

A quintet of high-grade 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig cards sold for over $2.7 million as Memory Lane closed out its Spring Rarities Auction early Sunday morning.  The cards were part of a large collection curated by the late Manny Gordon, a diamond dealer and avid collector who sought out some of the best examples he could locate.  The entire auction generated sales of over $13.9 million.

The top seller from the collection was a PSA 8 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53.  One of 13 graded 8 by PSA, the card sold for $942,000, by far a record for the grade.  Last year, Memory Lane sold the lone higher example, a PSA 9, for $4.2 million.

The other three Ruth cards from the collection were also graded 8 and included #144 ($384,608), #149 ($510,000) and #181 ($268,736).

One of just five PSA 9 examples of the 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 was the second highest selling in the item at a record smashing $672,000.

Other Goudey cards sold included a PSA 9 1934 Hank Greenberg ($218,579), a ’34 Gehrig #61 ($147,484), a ’33 Mel Ott PSA 9 ($149,794), a ’33 Mark Koenig PSA 9 ($95,761) and a ’33 Andy Cohen PSA 8 ($63,329).

Other pre-War highlights included the following record-setting cards (for the grade):

  • 1909 T206 Ty Cobb Red EPDG Factory 17 PSA 3.5 – $26,969
  • 1909 T206 Mathewson White Cap Hindu PSA 6 – $54,707
  • 1932 Neilson’s Chocolate V61 Type ll Babe Ruth PSA 4.5 – $91,295
  • 1933 Blue Bird Babe Ruth “Front View” PSA 7 – $37,895
  • 1932 U.S. Caramel #7 Joe Cronin PSA 8.5 – $25,962
  • 1922 E121 American Caramel Babe Ruth PSA 4 – $42,864
  • 1933 Uncle Jacks Babe Ruth PSA 2 – $58,849

A group of high-grade 1958 Topps Baseball also saw numerous records fall.  The lone PSA 10 Sandy Koufax went for a whopping $449,389, the only PSA 10 Frank Robinson reached $230,219, a PSA 9 Hank Aaron yellow letters variation netted $173,582 and a PSA 9 Ted Williams landed at $132,876.  Two other cards topped the six-figure mark.  Additionally, a near-set break of 11 Jackie Robinson Bread cards issued from 1947-1949 set numerous records.

Other post-War card highlights included:

  • 1949 Bowman #50 Jackie Robinson Rookie PSA 8.5 – $169,906
  • 1962 Topps #200 Mickey Mantle PSA 8.5 – $103,158
  • 1951 Bowman #2 Otto Graham Rookie PSA 9 – $103,158
  • 1971 Topps #20 Reggie Jackson PSA 9 – $52,738
  • 1952 Bowman #11 Ralph Kiner PSA 10 – $31,558
  • 1954 Bowman #1 Phil Rizzuto PSA 10 – $27,595
  • 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente Autographed Rookie PSA Graded – $75,808
  • 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle Autographed PSA Graded – $33,586
  • 1961 Roberto Clemente Player Keychain Insert PSA 8.5 – $22,476

Unopened pack collectors chased a one-of-a-kind 1948 Leaf scarce series pack, which reached a final price of $135,484, and a 1976 Topps Football cello pack with a Walter Payton rookie card on top that netted $42,864.

Memorabilia collectors saw a 1920 New York Giants team signed baseball sell for $34,070, with provenance from the family of team member A.J. Statz and a 1970-72 era Johnny Bench game-used bat go for $28,030.

In all, auction sales totaled over $13.9 million.

Memory Lane is now accepting consignments for its upcoming Summer Auction. Visit the www.memorylaneinc.com for more information and a complete list of Spring auction results.

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