Lot # 70: 1933 DeLong Gum Co. #14 Lefty Gomez PSA 8.5 NM-MT+ - “POP 1” & The Highest Graded PSA Example!

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $2,000.00

Bids: 26 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Fall Rarities Premium Auction",
which ran from 11/12/2022 8:15 AM to
12/3/2022 7:00 PM

(LOT 70)
1933 DeLong Gum Co. #14 Lefty Gomez PSA 8.5 NM-MT+ - "POP 1" & The Highest Graded PSA Example!

POP 1; HIGHEST GRADED GOMEZ!!! Hall of Fame Yankee southpaw hurler Vernon "Lefty" Gomez resides as one of the foremost Cooperstown Inductees from the exalted DeLong Gum Co. set, with this miraculous PSA 8.5 NM-MT+ #12 marvel as one of the most significant of all existing DeLong subjects. Consider this Pop 1 offering resides as the highest graded Gomez subject on the prestigious PSA census report, with not a single 9 or 10 awarded to any Gomez DeLong keepsake. Furthermore, of the 2,400+ PSA encapsulated copies for ALL 24 DeLong subjects, only four other 8.5 examples exist with a meager two examples reflecting PSA 9 MINT assessments (Traynor & McManus).

Along with Red Ruffing, Vernon "Lefty" Gomez formed one of baseball's greatest "righty-lefty" duos in baseball history, leading the Yankees to five World Championships in the 1930s. Twice Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez won the Pitching Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA in 1934 and 1937. The unflappable lefthander was at his best in the toughest scenarios, posting a lifetime 6-0 World Series record with the New York Yankees, the finest Fall Classic won/loss record in MLB history without a loss. His unparalleled sense of humor was never more appreciated than the day Lou Gehrig removed himself from the Yankee lineup in Detroit. Sitting next to a melancholy Gehrig, Gomez stated: "Geez Lou, it took you 13 years to remove yourself from a game…sometimes I don't even make it out of the first inning."

For all of these reasons, Gomez's scarce cardboard artifacts are highly sought after with only a few, if any, arguably more coveted than this pinnacle '33 DeLong Gum Co. PSA 8.5 NM-MT+ offering that emanates sensational aesthetics. Gomez's classic pitching pose emanates virtually pristine contrast and clarity, set against a near-flawless powder blue background. Fine centering only reveals a modest favoritism towards the left edge between four clean borders, and a sparkling baseball diamond setting has retained its original impeccable surface. The final exclamation points are razor sharp corners that could literally draw and a pack-fresh verso. The undisputed best of the rest, its Pop 1 highest graded stature is consistent with Lefty's amazing pitching superlatives that led to an abundance of Yankee championships!

MIN BID $2,000

MLI is offering The Finest 1933 DeLong Gum Co. Set - #1 on the PSA Set Registry in an alternative selling format. All Lots numbered from 58-81 will be sold individually to the highest bidder, unless Lot # 57's hammer price exceeds the hammer price of Lots 58-81 combined cumulative total. In which case, the cards would be sold as a set. Once bidding starts, the green check mark below simply designates which format has the current high bid. In case of a tie - the set wins.

Lot 57 (Set Total):  $182,903
Lot 58-81 (Individual Card Total):  $282,440

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