Lou Gehrig baseball cards earn MVP honors at Weiss Auctions

The 1934 Goudey card for Lou Gehrig, signed by the legendary ‘Iron Horse’ (left) sold for a $49,450. The signed 1933 Goudy Lou Gehrig card (right) hit $37,950. Weiss Auctions images

 

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A pair of Goudey baseball cards signed by Yankees’ slugger Lou Gehrig, one from 1933 and the other from 1934, sold for $37,950 and $49,450, respectively, at an auction held March 4 by Weiss Auctions. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Both were record prices for Lou Gehrig Goudey cards for those years. Both cards had JSA certificates.

The auction featured a great selection of sports and non-sports cards, including graded tobacco cards, autographed diamond stars, more Goudey cards and complete sets of Allen and Ginter N2 cards. Autographed baseballs were also offered. Single-signed balls by Hall of Famers Cy Young and Jimmy Foxx went for $21,850 and $24,725, respectively. These, too, had JSA certificates.

 

Baseball signed in pen by Hall of Fame slugger Jimmy Foxx, inscribed (‘Regards’). Price realized: $24,725. Weiss Auctions image

 

Co-headlining the sale were several large estate comic collections. About 50,000 comic books came up for bid, including a Golden Age Action run (several of them graded), Silver Age key books, and group lots of Silver Age and Golden Age books. A copy of Action Comics No. 7 – the second comic book to feature Superman on the cover – brought $19,550.

 

Restored copy of ‘Action Comics No. 7,’ an important key comic book because it represents the second cover featuring Superman. Price realized: $19,550. Weiss Auctions image

 

Overall, the auction grossed around $600,000.

Comic and animation art included some more great pieces from the Joe Kubert collection (many were sold at previous auctions, also held by Weiss Auctions), plus an original Hal Foster Prince Valiant page, fresh-to-the-market Peanuts strips by Charles Schulz, original paintings that were used as artwork for magazine covers, vintage animation and more.

 

Joe Kubert original cover art for ‘Hawkman Showcase No. 101′ (June 1978). Price realized: $17,250. Weiss Auctions image

 

Two original cover art illustrations by Kubert, both of which came directly from his estate, drew identical winning bids of $17,250. One was for Hawkman Showcase #101 (June 1978), a classic Hawkman cover measuring 12 inches by 17 inches; and the other for All American Met at War No. 113 (1966) titled The Balloon Buster, 14½ inches by 22½ inches and lacking the title paste-up.

 

Joe Kubert original cover art (minus title paste-up) for ‘All American Men at War No. 113 (1966), titled ‘The Balloon Buster.’ Price realized: $17,250. Weiss Auctions image

 

Returning to sports collectibles, a high-grade 1938 Joe DiMaggio Goudey rookie card (#250) was a hit for $4,200; a lower-grade Honus Wagner Cracker Jack card (#68) realized $2,520; a baseball single-signed and inscribed by Negro Leagues pitcher Hilton Smith of the Kansas City Monarchs made $4,435; and a baseball signed by pitcher A.C.”Dazzy” Vance fetched $5,700.

For details call Weiss Auctions at 516-594-0731or email Philip Weiss at Phil@WeissAuctions.com.