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John Murphy

1934-36 Batter-Up (R318)

John Joseph “Johnny” Murphy (July 14, 1908 - January 14, 1970) was one of the first true relief pitchers in the Major Leagues as New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy used the hard-throwing right handed almost exclusively in late innings for the majority of his career. The New York City native attended Fordham University where he set a school record posting a 1.47 single season ERA that would stand for 56 years. In 1929, he had a chance to match another record with three consecutive shutouts, but was deemed ineligible after he signed a professional contract on the eve of his final collegiate start. So New York sent him to the minors for a few seasons eventually beckoning him to start 20 games in 1934, ten of which he completed as he went 14-10 with 70 strikeouts and a 3.12 ERA. However, he would only start 20 more games in his tenure in New York, despite appearing in 383 games. While serving as the Yankees chief reliever, or “closer” in this day and age, Murphy finished 277 games for the pinstripes posting a 93-53 record with a 3.54 ERA and an unofficial 104 saves. (The save statistic was not adopted by Major League Baseball as an official stat until 1969.) However, when retroactively determining saves leaders during his career in the big leagues, Johnny Murphy led the American League four our of five years in saves between 1938 and 1943. He was named to three straight MLB All-Star Games (1937-1939) and won seven World Series championships (1932, 1936-1939, 1941, 1943) – more than any other pitcher in Major League history. After 12 seasons with New York (1932, 1934-1943, 1946), a two-year hitch in the military, which saw him working on the production of the atomic bomb, Johnny finished his career with the Boston Red Sox (1947) where he finished 16 games and posted a 2.80 ERA. When he retired in 1947, he immediately moved into the front office with the Red Sox as a scout and eventually working his way up to become vice president and director of minor league systems. In 1961, he signed with the New York Baseball Club of the National League as supervisor of scouting. Again, he climbed the corporate ladder to become the newly fan-named “Mets” general manager. His first task was to woo Washington Senators brass in order to hire away their manager, Gil Hodges. After the acquisition of Hodges, Murphy and the Mets built a solid club around a group of veterans and a young pitching staff that included future Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan. In 1969, New York shocked the baseball world by winning the National League pennant and the World Series over the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. The team was forever dubbed the “Miracle Mets” and they were the first expansion team to win the World Series. Not more than three months later, Murphy died of a massive heart attack on January 14, 1970, a few months shy of spring training.

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7 (9)

Prices By Grade

1934 BATTER-UP 154 JOHN MURPHY

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price PSA Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $1,000.00
NM - MT 8 $305.00 $350.00 3
NM 7 $132.75 $175.00 9 3
EX - MT 6 $85.00 $96.25 $95.00 11 13
EX 5 $68.00 $60.00 7 24
VG - EX 4 $69.01 $35.00 4 32
VG 3 $67.06 $22.00 5 36
GOOD 2 $15.00 2 42
FR 1.5 44
PR 1 $8.00 44
Auth 1 45

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
12/02/2021 $85 6 363633469216 eBay probstein123 Auction 63548667
11/17/2021 $108 6 363615985262 eBay probstein123 Auction 15637669
05/28/2020 $305 8 383555043423 eBay probstein123 Auction 05469477
02/18/2020 $69 4 114110299710 eBay hofvintagercs Auction 44434812
02/11/2020 $46 4 362904795902 eBay hofvintagercs Auction 44434811
12/24/2019 $68 5 113994454182 eBay hofvintagercs Buy It Now 44434810
09/10/2019 $67 3 163849643047 eBay wahooman1 Auction 90198233
11/23/2018 $133 7 24 Sirius Sports Auctions Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 225 - Ends 11/23/18 Auction 41847649
06/21/2018 $99 7 35 Sirius Sports Auctions Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 214 - Ends 6/21/18 Auction 40797195
06/19/2017 $82 6 371979651341 eBay probstein123 Auction 15473284
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