Al Simmons - 1933 Goudey

Aloysius Harry Simmons (1902-1956) was a favorite of Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack, so much so his was the only photograph Mack kept on his desk in his Athletics’ office during his 50-year tenure in the City of Brotherly Love. When asked who was the most valuable player he ever managed, Mack quipped, "If I could only have nine players named Simmons. Simmons was a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native who grew up as a fan of the Athletics, but in 1922, he signed with his hometown Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association. After batting .398 in 24 games in 1923, the Philadelphia A’s purchased Simmons and brought the hitting machine to Philadelphia where he would enjoy many successful years. With his quirky, but extremely effective, “bucketfoot” step toward third while in motion at the plate, Simmons gained the nickname "Bucketfoot Al". In 1925, Simmons’ second year in the big leagues, he led the American League in hits (253) and total bases (392) while finishing second slugging percentage (.599) and runs scored (122) and third in batting average (.387) and RBI (129) to finish second in AL MVP voting. Al led the American League twice in hits, also doing so in 1932 (216), and won back-to-back AL batting titles in 1930 and 1931 with a .381 and .390 batting average, respectively. The three-time All-Star selection, alongside future Hall of Famers Lefty Grove, Mickey Cochrane and Jimmie Foxx, helped lead the Athletics to three consecutive World Series (1929-1931) winning in 1929 over the Chicago Cubs and in 1930 over the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1932, under a money crunch, Connie Mack sold many of his players and Al Simmons was shipped to the Chicago White Sox for cash. Simmons played outfield, primarily for the Philadelphia Athletics (1924-1932, 1940-1941, 1944) and had 11 straight seasons batting over the .300-mark while collecting more than 100 RBI 12 times during that span (1924-1934, 1936). He also spent time with the White Sox (1933-1935), the Detroit Tigers (1936), the Washington Senators (1937-1938), the Boston Braves (1939), the Cincinnati Reds (1939) and the Boston Red Sox (1943). Simmons retired with a .344 career batting average with 2,927 hits, 1,507 runs scored, 307 home runs and 1,827 RBI in 20 seasons. At the time of his retirement, Al had more hits (2,927) than any other right-handed batter (until Al Kaline surpassed him in the 1973) and he remains the fastest player to reach 2,000 hits, accomplishing the feat in 1,390 games. Simmons also gained the respect of his peers playing left field, almost goading hitters to try to extra bases before gunning them down. He would post a .982 fielding percentage with 169 outfield assists for his career, but his intensity and skills held hitters in check, likely limiting the number of extra base hits holding runners to singles when they might otherwise take two. Aloysius Harry Simmons was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (21)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
02/14/2008 $6,341 8.5 220 Mile High Card Company Winter 2008 Auction Auction 50092004
05/20/2011 $7,299 8.5 355 Mile High Card Company May 2011 Auction 50092004
01/01/2009 $2,350 8 459 Robert Edward Auctions 2009 Auction Auction 09008331
11/27/2010 $2,247 8 389 Mile High Card Company November 2010 Auction 31286349
01/01/2013 $2,252 8 797 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Auction Auction 01124222
11/09/2013 $1,793 8 80303 Heritage Auctions 2013 November 7 - 9 Sports Collectible Catalog A... Nov 9, 2013 Auction 09027990
03/20/2015 $2,108 8 31 Mile High Card Company March 2015 Auction Auction 08151279
04/14/2016 $2,032 8 80035 Heritage Auctions April 14 2016 1933 Goudey PSA Set Registry Catal... Apr 14, 2016 Auction 09027990
07/06/2017 $4,728 8 352098531164 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 30829233
09/21/2017 $2,640 8 50035 Heritage Auctions September 2017 1933 Goudey PSA Auction Auction 11945879
01/13/2018 $2,921 8 337 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Rarities Winter Auction Auction 09008331
10/30/2018 $2,280 8 782 Robert Edward Auctions 2018 Fall Auction 11945879
01/24/2019 $5,040 8 50035 Heritage Auctions 1933 Goudey Ended Jan 24th Auction 06088926
05/11/2019 $3,075 8 262 Goldin Auctions Spring 2019 Premium Auction Closing May 11 Auction 11938230
08/09/2009 $686 7 215 Memory Lane, Inc. Sizzling Summer Vintage Rarities Auction Auction 14800241
05/06/2017 $1,002 7 861 Memory Lane, Inc. Spring 2017 Holy Grail Rarities Auction Auction 30504613
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