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Elden Auker (Eldon)

1934-36 Batter-Up (R318)

Elden le Roy Auker (September 21, 1910 - August 4, 2006) likely began to rethink his decision to forego a football career with the Chicago Bears in favor of pitching in the Major Leagues when the first batter he was to face was Babe Ruth. Auker struck out the Bambino on four pitches. From 1929 to 1932, Elden starred for the Kansas State University on the baseball diamond, the gridiron and the basketball court, collecting nine varsity letters with the Wildcats. He was All-Big Six in all three sports and earned All-American honors as a pitcher and a quarterback. The Chicago Bears made a play for the big quarterback, even sending Hall of Famer Bronco Nagurski to Manhattan to coerce him to join the NFL Champions with a $6,000 contract. Auker instead signed with the Detroit Tigers where he joined a pitching staff anchored by All-Stars Lynwood “Schoolboy” Rowe, Tommy Bridges and Alvin “General” Crowder, among others. With his submarine (almost underhand) style of pitching, Elden went 15-7 with 86 strikeouts in 1934 helping the Tigers win the American League pennant, before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals fabled “Gashouse Gang” in the World Series. Auker, who improved to 18-7, and the Tigers would exact revenge the next year to win the 1935 World Series – the first in franchise history. Elden pitched for ten seasons in the Major League s with the Tigers (1933-1938), the Boston Red Sox (1939) and the St. Louis Browns (1940-1942). His 9-10 season in Beantown in 1939 was the only year that he did not reach double-digit wins, aside from his limited first year in Detroit when he went 3-3 in 15 games. Auker’s best year came in that 1935 season when 18-7 record led the American League in winning percentage (.720). Elden Auker finished his career with a 130-101 record, 594 strikeouts, 126 complete games, 14 shutouts and a 4.42 ERA in 261 starts and 333 appearances.

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
3 EX 5 (7)

Prices By Grade

1934 BATTER-UP 120 ELDEN AUKER (ELDON)

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price PSA Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $1,000.00
NM - MT 8 $350.00
NM 7 $193.43 $175.00 4
EX - MT 6 $250.00 $95.00 5 4
EX 5 $50.99 $60.00 7 9
VG - EX 4 $35.00 2 16
VG 3 $22.00 19
GOOD 2 $15.00 2 19
FR 1.5 21
PR 1 $8.00 1 22
Auth 23

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
09/10/2018 $193 7 142923125428 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 14378337
05/24/2018 $178 7 59 Sirius Sports Auctions Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 212 - Ends 5/24/18 Auction 14378337
11/28/2017 $51 5 382290923189 eBay probstein123 Auction 30822358
07/30/2017 $250 6 401364575282 eBay caughtlooking2000 Buy It Now 22676784
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