Lou Gehrig-signed baseball cards, comic books, comic art all do well at Weiss Auctions' March 4 sale A pair of Goudey baseball cards signed by Yankees’ slugger Lou Gehrig, one from 1933 and the other from 1934, sold for $37,950 and $49,450, respectively, at an auction held March 4 by Weiss Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Mar 14,2017 - LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A pair of Goudey baseball cards signed by Yankees’ slugger Lou Gehrig, one from 1933 and the other from 1934, sold for $37,950 and $49,450, respectively, at an auction held March 4th by Weiss Auctions, online and at the firm’s gallery in Lynbrook. Both were record prices for Lou Gehrig Goudey cards for those years, and both had JSA certificates.
The auction featured a great selection of sports and non-sports cards, including graded tobacco cards, autographed diamond stars, more Goudey cards and complete sets of Allen and Ginter N2 cards. Autographed baseballs were also offered. Single signed balls by Hall of Famers Cy Young and Jimmy Foxx went for $21,850 and $24,725, respectively. These, too, had JSA certificates.
Co-headlining the sale were several large estate comic collections. About 50,000 comic books came up for bid, including a Golden Age Action run (several of them graded), Silver Age key books, group lots of Silver Age and Golden Age books, and bulk lots of newer issues. A copy of Action Comics #7 – the second comic book to feature Superman on the cover – brought $19,550.
Overall, the auction grossed around $600,000, with online bidding facilitated by Proxibid.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Comic and animation art included some more great pieces from the Joe Kubert collection (many were sold at previous auctions, also held by Weiss Auctions), plus an original Hal Foster Prince Valiant page, fresh-to-the-market Peanuts strips by Charles Schulz, original paintings that were used as artwork for magazine covers, vintage animation and more.
Two original cover art illustrations by Kubert, both of which came directly from his estate, drew identical winning bids of $17,250. One was for Hawkman Showcase #101 (June 1978), a classic Hawkman cover measuring 12 inches by 17 inches; and the other for All American Met at War #113 (1966) titled The Balloon Buster, 14 ½ inches by 22 ½ inches and lacking the title paste-up.
The original gouache on board painting by Bob Larkin that served as Cover art for the paperback book Clive Cussler, Pacific Vortex (Bantam Books), by Dirk Pitt, changed hands for $900. It was a large and impressive vertical painting, measuring 9 ½ inches by 39 inches (sight; in the frame, 17 ½ inches by 47 inches). It was artist-signed lower right by Mr. Larkin, who also dated it 1994.
Returning to sports collectibles, a high-grade 1938 Joe DiMaggio Goudey rookie card (#250) was a hit for $4,200; a lower-grade Honus Wagner Cracker Jack card (#68) realized $2,520; a baseball single-signed and inscribed by Negro Leagues pitcher Hilton Smith of the Kansas City Monarchs made $4,435; and a baseball signed by pitcher A.C.”Dazzy” Vance fetched $5,700.
Also sold was a large collection of vintage football programs, yearbooks and related items, as well as a nice collection of 19th century sporting prints. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium. Weiss Auctions has two major auctions planned for the spring, both in the Lynbrook gallery, at 74 Merrick Road. The sale dates are