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Ben Chapman

1934-36 Batter-Up (R318)

William Benjamin Chapman (December 25, 1908 - July 7, 1993) was the very first American League batter in the inaugural 1933 All-Star game. Ben Chapman was a speedy, fiery player on a Yankee team built around power with teammates such as Ruth, Gehrig, Dickey and DiMaggio. He led the American League in stolen bases four times, was a four-time All-Star selection and led the league once in triples (1934). Chapman played 15 seasons, primarily with the Yankees (1930-1936) and was a member of the 1932 World Series championship team. After bouncing around the AL for a few seasons, Ben spent some time in the minor leagues and the military during World War II before returning to the big leagues as a pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ben Chapman retired having posted a career .302 batting average, with 1,958 hits, 407 doubles, 107 triples, 1,144 runs, 287 stolen bases and 977 RBI. Chapman posted an 8-6 record for the Dodgers and Phillies in his final playing years. Chapman is often remembered for his racial objections to the inclusion of Jackie Robinson in baseball when he was manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. His racial slurs and baiting caused a backlash of bad publicity and actually boosted Robinson’s cause as teammates and many others stood behind the embattled Dodger first baseman. Chapman retired with a 196-276 record in four years as manager of the Phillies.

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7 (8)

Prices By Grade

1934 BATTER-UP 188 BEN CHAPMAN

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price PSA Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $1,000.00
NM - MT 8 $350.00 3
NM 7 $264.00 $175.00 8 3
EX - MT 6 $95.00 3 13
EX 5 $60.00 2 17
VG - EX 4 $50.00 $50.00 $35.00 5 20
VG 3 $42.00 $22.00 4 25
GOOD 2 $15.00 3 29
FR 1.5 32
PR 1 $8.00 1 32
Auth 1 33

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
12/02/2021 $50 4 363633449044 eBay probstein123 Auction 63548624
08/07/2020 $90 6.5 254651454637 eBay geopoto Auction 14637531
09/10/2018 $113 6.5 142923125801 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 14637531
04/20/2018 $264 7 81549 Heritage Auctions 2018 April 19-20 Spring Sports Card Catalog Auctio Auction 05074667
05/02/2017 $42 3 201905269456 eBay 67greyhound Auction 40288162
01/09/2009 $264 7 97 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions January 2009 Internet Auction Auction 15636938
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