Four 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth Cards Top a Combined $500,000


1933 Goudey 53 Babe Ruth PSA 8 Header

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Four different 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards, each graded PSA 8, sold for $501,900 via Heritage Auctions. The sales, which were some of the cornerstones of a set break for the iconic release, all set new records.

Leading the list was the 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53, selling for $191,200. Card #149 was next at $155,350. These were followed by #181 for $83,650 and #144 $71,700.

The entire set break netted about $1.2 million total.

In addition to the Ruths, some other hefty sales were also recorded. The short printed 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie, graded a PSA 8, sold for $119,500 while a PSA 8.5 Lou Gehrig hit $89,625.

An uncut 1933 Goudey Baseball sheet of 24 cards, including a Ruth, closed at $95,600.

Here’s a list of the top 10 sales from the Heritage Auctions sale, which closed on April 14, 2016.

Top 10 1933 Goudey Baseball PSA Set Registry Heritage Auction Sales

All prices include the 19.5% buyer’s premium.

1. Babe Ruth #53 PSA 8 – $191,200

1933 Goudey 53 Babe Ruth PSA 8

2. Babe Ruth #149 PSA 8 – $155,350

3. Napoleon Lajoie #106 PSA 8 – $119,500

1933 Goudey 106 Napoleon LaJoie PSA 8

4. 24-Card Uncut Sheet – $95,600

5. Lou Gehrig #92 PSA 8.5 – $89,625

1933 Goudey 92 Lou Gehrig PSA 8-5

6. Babe Ruth #181 PSA 8 – $83,650

7. Babe Ruth #144 PSA 8 – $71,700

8. Lou Gehrig #160 PSA 8 – $53,775

9. Benny Bengough #1 PSA 8 – $40,630

10. Dazzy Vance #2 PSA 8 – $26,290

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


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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  1. Jim 22 April, 2016 at 06:22

    can the cards be cut out the sheet or does that make not legit. I know it doesnt sound right but alot of cards back then had to be cut of cigarette packs and other stuff so

  2. JonathanI 1 May, 2016 at 09:13

    Where were those cards all these years? They’re in better shape than the cards I find when I open a brand new pack of Topps.

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