Napoleon Lajoie - 1933 Goudey

This card, much like the T206 Honus Wagner, is one of the great rarities and it features one of the best players from the first half of the 20th Century. Napoleon Lajoie was a three-time batting champion, finishing with 3,242 total hits and a .338 average. He was also considered the best defensive second baseman of the era. The card, which has always been one of the true symbols of the hobby, was not included in the original 1933 Goudey set. Instead, in 1934, collectors had to acquire the card direct from the manufacturer in order to complete their set. The missing card was sent through the mail to the collectors who contacted the Goudey company. Many of the examples were mailed with a paper clip affixed to it, leaving impressions on the surface of the card. As a result, you will encounter some examples that exhibit spider wrinkles along the front or back of the card. That said, and considering the overall rarity of the card, there are some highgrade examples in the marketplace. This is best explained by the fact that the card was never subject to insertion into packs, avoiding some of the traditional handling.

Napoleon “Nap” "Larry" Lajoie

Born: September 5, 1874 - Woonsocket, RI
Died: February 7, 1959 - Daytona Beach, FL
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: 2B
Career BA: .338
Managerial Record: 377–309

Teams:
Philadelphia Phillies NL (September 5, 1874 - February 7, 1959)
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1901–1902, 1915–1916)
Cleveland Bronchos/Naps AL (1902–1914; player-manager: 1905–1909)

Leaving Nap “Larry” Lajoie off the Cracker Jack All-Star Team may seem ludicrous. After all, how many players get teams named after them? Nap Lajoie was a truly great ballplayer. There is no debate there. As a matter of fact, he was once walked intentionally—with the bases loaded. It is said that he could hit so hard that it actually tore the cover right off the ball on a few occasions. In 1901, Nap batted an amazing .426 with 232 hits. During his 21 seasons in the majors, he batted over .300 sixteen times.

Probably the greatest and most controversial batting race in history took place in 1910 between Nap Lajoie and Ty Cobb. The race was tight, but Cobb had the advantage. Lajoie would need a hit in every at-bat in his final game of the season to win. The Naps faced the St. Louis Browns that historic day. The Browns disliked Cobb so much that they helped Lajoie by playing their third baseman in shallow left field, even though Lajoie was laying down bunts. Lajoie went 8-for-8, securing the title with the aid of the opposing team. A week later, Ban Johnson, the American League president, declared Cobb the winner by a .000860 margin. By his figures, Lajoie finished at .384 to Cobb’s .385 BA. However, both Cobb and Lajoie were awarded a new Chalmers automobile as they were essentially tied. The 1910 contest is still controversial to this day, with some sources showing Cobb the winner, and some showing Lajoie as batting champ.

Defensively Lajoie was stellar at second base, leading the lead in assists three times, putouts five times, and fielding percentage seven times. When he was traded to the Cleveland Bronchos in 1902, the team was so ecstatic that they renamed themselves the Naps at the end of the season. Lajoie was part of the second class elected to the Hall of Fame and lived to the ripe old age of 89. With a .338 lifetime batting average, over 3,200 hits, three uncontested batting titles, a Triple Crown, as well as solid defensive play, Nap Lajoie could be considered one of the three or four greatest second basemen of all time. 

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
11/06/2006 $123,488 9 204 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2006 Internet Auction Auction 02043348
06/10/2010 $113,938 9 108 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions Spring 2010 Internet Auction Auction 14809280
12/21/2012 $103,137 9 283 Lelands Fall 2012 Catalog Auction Auction 02024708
11/05/2016 $228,000 9 11 Goldin Auctions Inaugural Great American Trading Card Auction- Closing October 1 Auction 02002301
02/26/2017 $204,000 9 80030 Heritage Auctions Heritage Platinum Night Sports Coll. February 25-26, 2017 Auction 02024708
11/18/2017 $144,000 9 80417 Heritage Auctions Heritage November 16-18, 2017 Auction 02024708
01/24/2019 $264,000 9 50106 Heritage Auctions 1933 Goudey Ended Jan 24th Auction 31731251
11/27/2010 $43,880 8 370 Mile High Card Company November 2010 Auction 05044461
07/31/2015 $71,700 8 80014 Heritage Auctions 2015 July 30 - 31 Sports Collectibles Platinum N... Jul 31, 2015 Auction 08000760
11/16/2015 $74,090 8 912 Goldin Auctions October Legends and Americana Ending November 14th Auction 01124239
04/14/2016 $119,500 8 80106 Heritage Auctions April 14 2016 1933 Goudey PSA Set Registry Catal... Apr 14, 2016 Auction 02107630
02/25/2019 $127,904 8 8000 RR Auction Sports Auction 01124239
10/26/2007 $33,460 7 19115 Heritage Auctions 2007 October Signature Sports Collectibles Aucti... Oct 26, 2007 Auction 03731095
11/10/2010 $38,588 7 838 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2010 Internet Auction Auction 01000596
04/14/2014 $41,475 7 11 Robert Edward Auctions 2014 Spring Auction 02062406
07/31/2015 $43,740 7 54 Goldin Auctions Summer Premium and Catalog Auction July 31 and Aug 8 Auction 04089428
09/16/2007 $43,730 6 12 Memory Lane, Inc. High Grade Card Auction and a Few Surprises Auction 09037938
04/05/2009 $29,375 6 6 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Classic Rarities Auction Auction 12255404
08/09/2009 $25,200 6 13 Greg Bussineau Auctions Summer 2009 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction Auction 12255404
03/20/2015 $26,760 6 22 Mile High Card Company March 2015 Auction Auction 15385995
01/17/2017 $43,776 6 1 Memory Lane, Inc. 2016 Winter Rarities Auction Auction 01625667
09/21/2017 $38,400 6 50106 Heritage Auctions September 2017 1933 Goudey PSA Auction Auction 01625667
01/09/2009 $28,297 5 38 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions January 2009 Internet Auction Auction 15636476
02/01/2016 $31,070 5 679 Goldin Auctions Winter Auction 2016 Closing January 30th Auction 01124223
03/12/2019 $41,371 4.5 401719797152 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 42337315
07/22/2019 $51,600 4.5 80571 Heritage Auctions 2019 July 18 - 20 Summer Sports Card Catalog Auction Auction 43555505
10/11/2019 $45,171 4.5 6 Mile High Card Company October 2019 Auction Auction 42337315
01/01/2009 $23,500 4 471 Robert Edward Auctions 2009 Auction Auction 15087344
02/09/2009 $29,711 4 2 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XX Auction 90065343
12/16/2012 $19,130 4 31 Memory Lane, Inc. The Find Winter 2012 Auction 20024009
01/01/2013 $20,145 4 453 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Auction Auction 20024009
10/30/2017 $42,000 4 722 Robert Edward Auctions 2017 Fall Auction 19619790
12/08/2017 $38,752 4 11 Mile High Card Company December 2017 Auction 03142925
12/03/2016 $22,140 3.5 4 Love of the Game Auctions Fall, 2016 Premier Auction - Closes November 19 Auction 26026592
10/29/2005 $10,158 3 19470 Heritage Auctions 2005 October (HSC) Signature Auction Oct 29, 2005 Auction 06007393
06/22/2018 $29,575 3 2 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXV Auction 50081764
02/23/2019 $28,800 2.5 80143 Heritage Auctions 2019 February 23 - 24 Platinum Sports Auction - Dallas Auction 42381080
05/06/2006 $8,963 2 19547 Heritage Auctions 2006 May (HSC) Signature Auction May 6, 2006 Auction 31467176
12/15/2006 $13,767 2 26 Memory Lane, Inc. Holy Grail Auction Auction 06510158
08/28/2016 $23,900 2 80160 Heritage Auctions 2016 August 27-28 Sports Collectibles Platinum A... Aug 28, 2016 Auction 04235299
06/29/2017 $33,600 2 80126 Heritage Auctions 2017 June 29 Premium Sportscard Catalog Auction - Dallas Ended Jun 29th Auction 27220770
10/30/2018 $22,800 2 787 Robert Edward Auctions 2018 Fall Auction 50052268
01/01/2006 $22,040 Auth 303 Robert Edward Auctions 2006 Auction Auction 90428311
01/01/2013 $22,515 Auth 449 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Auction Auction 19199984