1933 Goudey

Lou Gehrig

1933 Goudey 92 Lou Gehrig

Henry Louis Gehrig (1903-1941) was one of the most feared hitters on the New York Yankees during the 1920s and '30s, a team affectionately known as Murderers Row that already employed perhaps the greatest and most potent hitter in the history of the game, Babe Ruth. Gehrig grew up in the shadow of the New York Highlanders stadium, Hilltop Park, and earned a reputation as one of the great New York sandlot players. He gained national attention at the young age of 17 while playing for his Commerce High School baseball team and visiting the historic Wrigley Field in Chicago. With his team leading 8-6 in the top of the ninth, Gehrig blasted a grand slam over the right field wall, a "blow that would have made any big leaguers proud," according to the Chicago Tribune. Lou attended Columbia University on a football scholarship, but once again starred on the diamond as both a pitcher and a slugger. The Yankees came calling in 1923 when, in mid-April, Gehrig struck out 17 Williams College batters and eight days later hit two monstrous home runs with Yankees scout Paul Krichell in attendance. Lou signed with the Yanks in 1923, foregoing his final time at Columbia, and was shipped to the Hartford Senators where he hit .304 with 24 home runs in only 59 games.

After a couple years backing up veteran Wally Pipp, Gehrig became manager Miller Huggins' manager "today and from now on." On June 2, 1925, he began the one of the greatest streaks in the history of professional sports of 2,130 consecutive games over 15 seasons, from 1925-1939, a streak that earned him the nickname “The Iron Horse.” From the beginning, Lou helped the Yankees reach the World Series in 1926, though they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals for their first MLB title, and led them to eight more American League pennants and six World Series victories (1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938). The 1927 New York Yankees squad is widely considered the greatest baseball team in the history of the Major Leagues and Lou was in the heart of the lineup that featured not only Ruth, but also fellow Hall of Famers Bill Dickey, Tony Lazzeri, Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock. The 1927 Yankees, otherwise known as Murderers Row, won 110 games and Lou led the way with a .373 batting average, 218 hits, 47 home runs and the league lead in doubles (52), RBI (173) and total bases (447) to capture the American League Most Valuable Player award. The 1927 Yankees also topped the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 4-game sweep. As what seemed to be commonplace for Lou, his MVP season was overshadowed by the Babe's remarkable year when he clouted 60 home runs. In 1931, Lou set the American League record with 184 RBI, second only to Hack Wilson's 191 for the Major League mark. That year he also set the modern-day Major League record with four home runs in a single game, an missed a fifth by mere feet when fellow Hall of Famer Al Simmons made a spectacular catch. In 1934, Gehrig captured the Triple Crown, hitting 49 home runs while batting .363 while driving in and American League record 184 RBI.

Ruth departed the Yankees organization following the 1934 season and soon Gehrig, once again, had to fight for the headlines with the emergence of rookie phenom, Joe DiMaggio. In 1936, Gehrig led the league in homers with 49 and finished second in RBI (152) en route to his second AL MVP award. Sadly, the aging star would soon fade when he was stricken with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), familiarly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease following his diagnosis and subsequent death due to the debilitating disease. On May 2, 1939, Lou took himself out of the lineup for the first time on 15 years and the famed Streak ended at 2,130 consecutive games. Over the course of his career, Lou Gehrig drove in 150 or more runs seven times, had six seasons with a .350 batting average of better, eight years with 200 or more hits and five with 40 or more home runs. He holds the record for most seasons with 400 or more total bases (5) and hit a record 23 grand slams in his career. His amazing record of durability and longevity stood for 56 years when Cal Ripken topped the mark in 1995, eventually playing 2,632 consecutive games. Lou averaged 141 runs, 204 hits, 37 home runs and 148 RBI while posting a .447 on-base percentage, .632 slugging percentage and .340 batting average for 17 seasons. During Lou Gehrig’s 17 seasons (1923-1939) with the New York Yankees, he batted .340 with 493 home runs, 2,721 hits and 1,995 RBI. He was selected to 7 All-Star games, was a six-time World Series Champion and the American League Most Valuable Player twice (1927, 1928). On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium, Gehrig choked back his emotions in front of 62,000 adoring fans, he "considered himself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" ... and that he "might have been given a bad break, but I've still got an awful lot to live for." On June 2, 1941, 6 years to the date that he replaced Wally Pipp in the Yankees lineup, Lou Gehrig succumbed to the disease at his home in the Bronx. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in big Lou's honor. Henry Louis Gehrig was unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. 

Card Number PR 1 Good 2 VG 3 VG-EX 4 EX 5 EX-MT 6 NM 7 NM+ 7.5 NM-MT 8 NM-MT+ 8.5 MT 9
92 $250 $500 $750 $1,300 $1,950 $2,650 $3,750 $5,500 $12,750 $19,500 $37,500
Auth 1Q 1 1.5Q 1.5 2Q 2 2.5 3Q 3 3.5 4Q 4 4.5 5Q 5 5.5 6Q 6 6.5 7Q 7 7.5 8Q 8 8.5 9Q 9 10 Total
36 11 153 1 29 12 140 21 12 153 24 8 172 6 2 95 4 4 70 1 3 60 2 46 5 1 1071
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
3 NM-MT 8 (46)
Public Auctions
Grade Price Date Firm Sale Lot #
EX-MT 6 $4,147 Mar-2015 SCP Auctions MAY 2012 PREMIER INTERNET AUCTION 656
MINT 9 $34,417 Mar-2015 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2006 Internet Auction 203
NM-MT 8 $14,700 Mar-2015 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 19th, 2011 Auction 305
NM-MT 8 $10,028 Mar-2015 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2006 Internet Auction 201
VG 3 $828 Mar-2015 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions January 2008 Internet Auction 157
VG 3 $857 Mar-2015 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2006 Internet Auction 199
VG-EX 4 $1,103 Mar-2015 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions July 2008 Internet Auction 152
VG-EX 4 $1,380 Mar-2015 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions May 2006 Internet Auction 94
NM 7 $3,300 Oct-2014 Robert Edward Auctions 2014 Fall Auction 395
EX-MT 6 $2,901 Oct-2014 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XIV 341
NM-MT 8 $9,718 Oct-2014 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXI 247
NM-MT 8 (0) $16,035 Jul-2013 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons L 4
NM-MT 8 $13,035 Jan-2013 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Auction 16
EX 5 $1,902 Jul-2012 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Rarities 223
VG-EX 4 $1,255 Jul-2012 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Rarities 224
NM-MT 8 $18,720 Jul-2012 Greg Bussineau Auctions Summer 2012 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction 102
EX 5 $2,015 Jan-2012 Robert Edward Auctions 2012 Auction 447
NM-MT 8 $14,220 Jan-2012 Robert Edward Auctions 2012 Auction 440
EX-MT 6 $2,593 Dec-2011 Memory Lane, Inc. Winter 2011 236
GOOD+ 2.5 $896 Jun-2011 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction 43003
NM 7 $3,819 Jan-2011 Robert Edward Auctions 2011 Auction 634
GOOD 2 $570 Nov-2010 Memory Lane, Inc. Wintertime Classics 135
NM-MT 8 $9,985 Jul-2010 Memory Lane, Inc. Sizziling Summer 2010 29
NM-MT 8 $10,984 Mar-2010 Memory Lane, Inc. Springtime Classic 2010 27
NM 7 (0) $3,819 Jan-2009 Robert Edward Auctions 2009 Auction 469
EX-MT 6 $2,357 Aug-2008 Memory Lane, Inc. Hot Summer Classic Rarities 338
EX 5 $2,151 May-2008 Heritage Auctions 2008 May Signature Sports Collectibles Auction Session I 19084
NM-MT 8 $8,574 Apr-2008 Memory Lane, Inc. Spring Fever Rarities 299
EX-MT 6 $3,113 Nov-2007 Memory Lane, Inc. Serious Rarities 227
GEM MT 10 $234,000 Aug-2007 Memory Lane, Inc. High Grade Card and a Few Surprises 1
VG-EX 4 $1,135 May-2007 Heritage Auctions Monthly Internet Sports Auction 10069
VG-EX 4 $1,175 Jan-2007 Robert Edward Auctions 2007 Auction 402
GOOD 2 $896 Oct-2006 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 12124
EX-MT 6 $2,271 Oct-2006 Heritage Auctions 2006 October Signature Sports Memorabilia Auction 19803
NM-MT 8 $8,252 Mar-2006 Memory Lane, Inc. Premier Collectibles I 10
NM-MT 8 $10,440 Jan-2006 Robert Edward Auctions 2006 Auction 310
NM-MT 8 $8,252 Oct-2005 Memory Lane, Inc. The Buried Treasure Card IV 8
NM 7 $4,281 Jul-2005 Memory Lane, Inc. The Buried Treasure III Card & Ball 31
NM-MT 8 $8,254 Apr-2005 Memory Lane, Inc. The Buried Treasure II Card & Memorabilia 9
MINT 9 $35,373 Oct-2004 Memory Lane, Inc. The Buried Treasure Card 3

From The Experts

Like Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig is represented twice in this wonderful set. Unlike Foxx, it is Gehrig's high number that it actually more difficult. Card #160 is seen far less frequently than his #92 card and rarely seen in PSA NM-MT 8 or better. In addition, it is usually found with whiter borders and a lighter blue coloration than the #92 card. Along with the common condition obstacles associated with the issue, both Gehrig cards often suffer from a general lack of eye-appeal from subpar focus and color. While these two Gehrig cards are not quite as popular as the two from the 1934 Goudey set, they are keys to the set and have been, arguably, underappreciated for some time. From his first full season in 1927 through 1932, Gehrig posted RBI totals of 175, 142, 126, 174, 184 and 151. Not even Babe Ruth himself could match Gehrig in that regard.