Ten Valuable Joe Cronin Baseball Collectibles
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Ten Valuable Joe Cronin Baseball Collectibles

Joe Cronin made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 29, 1926. Valuable Joe Cronin baseball collectibles include single signed balls, handwritten letters, game-used Hillerich & Bradsby bats and Goudey, Play Ball and Double Play baseball cards.

San Francisco-born Joseph Edward "Joe" Cronin (1906-1984) wielded a mean stick in the 1930s. Cronin played his 1926-1945 major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox, amassing 2,285 hits, 170 home runs, 1,424 runs batted in and a lifetime batting average of .301. A seven-time American League All Star, Joe Cronin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956.

Here are ten valuable Joe Cronin baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again #4 Joe Cronin...

Joe Cronin 1933 Signed Washington Senators Team Photo

A 1933 Washington Senators team photo signed by Joe Cronin sold at auction for $345. "Best to Bill, Joe Cronin," it reads at the lower right hand corner. The photo is the work of George Burke of Chicago.

Joe Cronin autographed George Burke team photo $345 - Robert Edward Auctions

Joe Cronin 1934-37 Pro Model Game-Used Bat

A Joe Cronin 1934-37 Hillerich & Bradsby game-used bat brought $7,050 at auction. Exhibiting heavy wear, the bat measures 35 inches in length and weighs 34.7 ounces.

Joe Cronin 1933 Goudey Baseball Card

Card #109 Joe Cronin graces the 1933 Goudey Gum baseball series. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $896.25.

Joe Cronin 1933 Goudey card $896.25 - Heritage Auctions

Joe Cronin 1940 Play Ball Baseball Card

Card #134 Joe Cronin appears in the 1940 Play Ball baseball set. One graded example in SGC 84 near mint 7 condition brought $74 at auction.

Joe Cronin 1940 Play Ball card $74 - Heritage Auctions

Joe Cronin 1933 Goudey Printer's Proof Baseball Card

A super rare printer's proof for card #63 Joe Cronin in the 1933 Goudey baseball issue sold at auction for $1,792.50.

Joe Cronin 1933 Goudey printer's proof $1,792.50 - Heritage Auctions

Joe Cronin Single Signed Baseball

An Official National League baseball from the Chub Feeney era signed by Joe Cronin on a side panel brought $1,314.50 at auction.

Joe Cronin Autographed Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard

A black-and-white Hall of Fame plaque postcard signed by Joe Cronin and authenticated/encapsulated by PSA/DNA sold at auction for $60.

Joe Cronin 1974 Handwritten Letter

Following his playing days Joe Cronin served as a big league manager (Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), general manager and American League president. A September 16, 1974, letter on American League stationery written and signed by Joe Cronin brought $120.70 at auction.

Joe Cronin 1974 letter $120.70 - Heritage Auctions

Joe Cronin and Bucky Harris Signed Photo

An 8x10-inch framed photo signed by Hall of Famers Joe Cronin and Bucky Harris sold at auction for $155.35.

Joe Cronin, right, and Bucky Harris signed photo $155.35 - Heritage Auctions

Joe Cronin and Ted Williams 1941 Double Play Baseball Card

Card #81/82 Ted Williams/Joe Cronin team up in the 1941 Double Play baseball series. One graded example in PSA very good 3 condition fetched a top bid of $179.25 at auction.

Joe Cronin Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • Auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey
  • Top image: Lot of two Joe Cronin circa 1933 vintage press photographs $50 - Heritage Auctions

Copyright © 2011 William J. Felchner

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