1933 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 9 Tops $300,000


It was a big night for the Babe at the live portion of the Goldin Auctions Live & Premium Summer Auction. A 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth graded a Mint PSA 9 sold for $319,150.

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 9 Goldin Aug-2018 450

Card #181 in the set, it’s one of four different Ruth cards in the iconic 1933 Goudey Baseball set.

This particular version six other PSA 9 copies. There’s also one that’s a Gem Mint 10. The only Ruth in 1933 Goudey to have more than one PSA 9 copy is #144, which has four at that level. It’s also a double-print.

According to the description, this is the first time a copy of the 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 has been sold publicly in this condition in more than 15 years. Needless to say, the market has changed a lot since then.

In March, 2018, a PSA 8 copy went for $45,574 through SCP Auctions. In 2016, Robert Edwards Auctions sold one for $72,000.

The sale came during the live portion of Goldin Auctions’ 2018 Live & Premium Summer Auction. It took place at the Cleveland Airport Marriott, coinciding with the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention. Catalog bidding continues through August 11.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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