Lucas, Arkansas-born Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean (1910-1974) was one of the premier pitchers of his era. The older brother of Paul "Daffy" Dean, Dizzy Dean played his 1930-1947 major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Browns, amassing a 150-83 won-loss record, 1,163 strikeouts and a lifetime earned run average of 3.02. A 30-game winner/Most Valuable Player in 1934 and a four-time National League strikeout leader (1932 through 1935), Dizzy Dean was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.
Here are ten valuable Dizzy Dean baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the mound once again for the St. Louis Cardinals #17 Ol' Dizzy Dean...
Dizzy Dean 1934 Goudey Baseball Card
Card #6 Dizzy Dean graces the 1934 Goudey Gum baseball series. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition brought $3,818.75 at auction.
Dizzy Dean 1934 Goudey card $3,818.75
Dizzy Dean 1930 Minor League Baseball Contract
Dizzy Dean pitched for the Class A Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League in 1930-31 before joining the St. Louis Cardinals' vaunted Gashouse Gang for good. In 1930 Dean posted an 8-2 record for Houston, striking out 95 batters in 85 innings. Dean's 1930 Houston contract called for a salary of $350 per month – not bad by Great Depression standards. This historic four-page contract, signed by Dean and Houston team president Fred N. Ankenman, sold at auction for $2,644.
Dizzy Dean 1930 Houston Buffaloes minor league contract $2,644
Dizzy Dean 1936 St. Louis Cardinals Game-Used Jersey
Dizzy Dean went 24-13 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936, striking out 195 batters. Dean's 1936 Cardinals game-used #17 home jersey fetched a top bid of $103,500 at auction. Suffice to say that baseball flannels from this era are very rare, especially ones for Hall of Famers.
Dizzy Dean 1936 home jersey $103,500
Dizzy Dean Single Signed Baseball
A 1969 Official National League baseball from the Warren Giles era signed by Dizzy Dean sold at auction for $940. The original owner had acquired the ball during the opening of The Dizzy Dean Museum in Wiggins, Mississippi, in 1969.
Dizzy and Daffy Dean 1935 Advertising Pen
Brothers Dizzy and Daffy Dean had endorsed St. Louis clothing manufacturer Rice-Stix in the 1930s. A 1935 celluloid advertising pen picturing Jay (Dizzy) and Paul (Daffy) in near mint condition brought $2,900 at auction. These pens are extremely rare, and were presented as souvenirs by Rice-Stix salesmen to big account holders.
Dizzy and Daffy Dean 1935 Rice-Stix advertising pen $2,900
Dizzy and Paul Dean 1934 Sweatshirt Box
The pitching Dean brothers weren't adverse to picking up a few bucks via product endorsements. A display box which once held Dizzy and Paul Dean sweatshirts in very good to excellent condition brought $705 at auction. Yep, "Me and Paul."
Dizzy and Paul Dean sweatshirt box $705
Dizzy Dean 1933 George C. Miller Baseball Card
Jerome "Dizzy" Dean graces the 1933 George C. Miller baseball series. One graded example in PSA very good-excellent 4 condition sold at auction for $2,643.75.
Dizzy Dean 1934 Grape Nuts Die-Cut Display
Dizzy Dean appears in a 1934 Grape Nuts die-cut cardboard display declaring, "Boys! Girls! Get My Valuable Prizes Free!" One surviving example in excellent condition and framed brought $2,937.50 at auction.
Dizzy Dean 1934 Grape Nuts display sign $2,937.50
Dizzy and Daffy Dean 1935 Baseball Play Suit in Box
The 1935 Dizzy and Daffy Dean play suit made by Sackman Bros., Inc. of New York City is extremely rare. One example still in its box sold at auction for $1,624.
Dizzy and Daffy Dean 1935 baseball play suit $1,624
Dizzy Dean 1934-36 Batter-Up Baseball Card
Card #64 in the 1934-36 Batter-Up baseball issue features Dizzy Dean. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition brought $1,410 at auction.
Dizzy Dean 1934-36 Batter-Up card $1,410
Dizzy Dean Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey
- Top image: Dizzy and Daffy Dean circa 1934 Beech-Nut Chewing Tobacco advertising poster $3,190
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