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Moe Berg

1934-36 Batter-Up (R318)

Morris “Moe” Berg (March 2, 1902 - May 29, 1972) was perhaps one of the smartest players to ever suit up for a Major League baseball game possessing two Ivy League degrees from Princeton (B.A. in Linguistics) and Columbia (LL.B – Law degree) Universities. Berg was not much more than a third string catcher with most clubs and filled in for injured players throughout the American League from 1923-1939. He was considered a decent fielder, but lacked any consistent hitting ability. Moe Berg retired with a career .243 batting average adding 441 hits, 150 runs and 206 RBI in 663 games played after 15 years with the Robins, White Sox, Indians, Senators and Red Sox. Despite being a backup catcher at best, Berg was a member of the 1934 All-Star team, which included Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx and Grove, which barnstormed Japan. Berg read several newspapers daily and considered each one “alive” until he read it completely, while not allowing anyone else to touch it until it was “dead.” Casey Stengel once referred to Moe as, “the strangest man ever to play baseball.” The United States Office of Inter-American Affairs and the CIA recognized Berg’s unique nature and superior intellect, speaking seven different languages, and he was recruited as a spy during World War II. For his part with the United States Intelligence agencies during the war, Moe was awarded the Medal of Freedom, which he refused to accept. Berg also appeared as a contestant on the radio quiz show, Information, Please!

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 (9)

Prices By Grade

1934 BATTER-UP 149 MOE BERG

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price PSA Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9
NM - MT 8
NM 7 $930.00 $1,200.00 4
EX - MT 6 $475.00 5 5
EX 5 $990.00 $350.00 8 11
VG - EX 4 $175.00 5 20
VG 3 $202.50 $115.00 1 25
GOOD 2 $261.00 $70.00 6 26
FR 1.5 2 33
PR 1 $35.00 2 35
Auth $404.99 $404.99 1 37

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
12/02/2021 $405 Auth 373803599812 eBay probstein123 Auction 63219930
08/23/2021 $448 7 (MK) 363509905827 eBay thebilliekimbercollection Auction 23430124
12/06/2020 $990 5 755 Robert Edward Auctions 2020 Fall Auction 18292963
09/30/2020 $261 2 353208338182 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 25215445
05/11/2020 $930 7 55539 Heritage Auctions 2020 May 7 - 9 Spring Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction 11888849
02/06/2019 $230 2 362545355912 eBay probstein123 Auction 40941619
07/28/2018 $307 2 382526401383 eBay svcards Buy It Now 40941619
05/24/2018 $518 7 62 Sirius Sports Auctions Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 212 - Ends 5/24/18 Auction 01462126
04/20/2018 $600 7 81528 Heritage Auctions 2018 April 19-20 Spring Sports Card Catalog Auctio Auction 01462126
04/16/2017 $205 2 152503172013 eBay one-more-thing Auction 27071324
04/02/2017 $203 3 152486728572 eBay one-more-thing Auction 27071323
11/07/2015 $717 7 11095 Heritage Auctions 2015 November 5 - 7 Sports Collectibles Catalog .. Auction 02038434
04/24/2009 $717 7 81151 Heritage Auctions 2009 April Signature Vintage Sports Memorabilia .. Auction 01462126
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