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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+ 8.5
2 NM-MT 8
2 NM-MT 8
2 NM-MT 8
2 NM-MT 8
3 NM 7
3 NM 7
3 NM 7
4 EX-MT 6 (10)

Prices By Grade

1934 BATTER-UP 62 BEN CHAPMAN

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price PSA Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $600.00
NM - MT 8 $280.50 $220.00 4 1
NM 7 $115.00 3 5
EX - MT 6 $65.00 10 8
EX 5 $63.55 $63.55 $45.00 9 18
VG - EX 4 $25.00 9 29
VG 3 $16.00 1 38
GOOD 2 $10.00 6 39
FR 1.5 45
PR 1 $5.00 45
Auth 46

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
11/30/2021 $64 5 363631010068 eBay probstein123 Auction 63548589
10/19/2020 $74 5 164414809412 eBay upsalaallamerican Auction 04474580
05/29/2020 $281 8 363000386476 eBay probstein123 Auction 50085829
09/10/2018 $361 8 352448974994 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 04045018
11/07/2015 $167 8 11101 Heritage Auctions 2015 November 5 - 7 Sports Collectibles Catalog .. Auction 50085829
12/07/2012 $510 8 269 Greg Bussineau Auctions Fall 2012 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Au Auction 18421296
01/22/2010 $683 8.5 401 Mile High Card Company January 2010 Auction Auction 02038431
03/09/2009 $576 8.5 111 Greg Bussineau Auctions 19th and 20th Century Sports Rarities Auction Auction 02038431
11/07/2007 $920 8 386 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XV Auction 50085829
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