New Jersey-born Joe Medwick (1911-1975) was a member of St. Louis' vaunted Gashouse Gang of the 1930s. Nicknamed "Ducky," Medwick played his 1932-1948 major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Boston Braves, amassing 2,471 hits, 205 home runs, 1,383 runs batted in and a lifetime batting average of .324. A ten-time National League All Star, the NL's 1937 Most Valuable Player and a 1937 NL Triple Crown winner (.374 average, 31 home runs, 154 runs batted in), Joe Medwick was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968.
Here are ten valuable Joe Medwick baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again at St. Louis' fabled Sportsman's Park #7 Joe Medwick...
Joe Medwick 1938 Goudey Heads-Up Baseball Card
Card #262 Joe "Ducky" Medwick graces the 1938 Goudey Heads-Up baseball series. One graded example in SGC 88 near mint/mint 8 condition sold at auction for $823.
Joe Medwick 1938 Goudey Heads-Up card $823 - Robert Edward Auctions
Joe Medwick Single Signed Baseball
An Official Pony League baseball signed on the sweet spot by Joe Medwick brought $705 at auction.
Joe Medwick Signed Index Card Photo Display
A signed Joe Medwick index card matted with photo sold at auction for $119.50.
Joe Medwick autograph display $119.50 - Heritage Auctions
Joe Medwick, Enos Slaughter and Terry Moore Autographed Photo
An 8x10-inch photo signed by St. Louis Cardinals teammates Joe Medwick, Enos Slaughter and Terry Moore brought $179.25 at auction.
L-r: Enos Slaughter, Terry Moore, Joe Medwick signed photo $179.25 - Heritage Auctions
Joe Medwick Signed Index Card
A simple 3x5-inch index card signed by Joe Medwick sold at auction for $42.
Joe Medwick 1930s Store Model Glove
Youngsters during the Great Depression of the 1930s could acquire the official Joe Medwick baseball glove. One example showing considerable use brought $69 at auction. And yes, they actually caught baseballs with these gloves!
Joe Medwick 1930s store model glove $69 - Heritage Auctions
Joe Medwick Autographed Gold Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard
A gold Hall of Fame plaque postcard autographed by Joe Medwick sold at auction for $83.65.
Joe Medwick signed Hall of Fame postcard $83.65 - Heritage Auctions
Joe Medwick Signed Photo with Branch Rickey
Joe Medwick is seen inking a new St. Louis Cardinals contract as general manager Branch Rickey looks on in a classic 8x10-inch blast from the past. This item, signed by Ducky, sold at auction for $143.40.
Joe Medwick, left, with Branch Rickey 8x10 autographed photo $143.40 - Heritage Auctions
Joe Medwick 1937 MVP Testimonial Dinner Program
Joe Medwick had a phenomenal year in 1937, winning both the National League Most Valuable Player Award and the vaunted Triple Crown for best batting average, most home runs and most runs batted in. All the old-time St. Louis Cardinals fans will testify to that! Ducky was later honored at the Hotel Jefferson in St. Louis on December 14, 1937. A program from that testimonial dinner, signed by Medwick, teammate Frankie Frisch, National League president Ford Frick, St. Louis mayor Bernard F. Dickman, Cardinals majority owner Sam Breadon, et al., fetched $167.30 at auction.
Joseph M. Medwick 1937 signed testimonial dinner program $167.30 - Heritage Auctions
Joe Medwick 1930s Granger Tobacco Advertising Sign
Joe "Ducky" Meadwick made the pitch for Granger Pipe Tobacco in the 1930s. A 15x20-inch cardboard advertising sign featuring Medwick with his pipe and Granger Tobacco tin in very good condition sold at auction for $125.48. "Granger Pipe Tobacco...keeps the pipe bowl cool the stem clean and the smoker happy," reads the blurb.
Joe Medwick Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey
- Top image: Joe Medwick autographed Brooklyn Dodger photo $239 - Heritage Auctions
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