Josh Gibson’s 2023 Bowman Chrome Superfractor 1/1 Fetches $25,000 After MLB Record Update

Josh Gibson is seeing a surge of popularity in the hobby after his Hall of Fame Negro League statistics were finally entered into Major League Baseball record books. First reported by Mario Alejandro on X, Gibson’s 2023 Bowman Chrome Retrofractor Superfractor 1/1 sold for a staggering $25,000 on eBay on Monday.

Late last month, statistics of more than 2,300 Negro League players were integrated into MLB record books. Because of that, Gibson is now the all-time leader in batting average (.372), slugging percentage (.718) and OPS (1.177). Gibson also holds the highest single-season batting average (.466), single-season slugging percentage (.974) and single-season OPS (1.474).

“We are proud that the official historical record now includes the players of the Negro Leagues,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred tells MLB.com. “This initiative is focused on ensuring that future generations of fans have access to the statistics and milestones of all those who made the Negro Leagues possible. Their accomplishments on the field will be a gateway to broader learning about this triumph in American history and the path that led to Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Dodger debut.”

Over the past week, Gibson cards and memorabilia have popped off after he now tops MLB record books. A 1974 Old Time Black Stars Gibson card fetched over $3,400 at auction. Cllct.com reports that these cards would sell for $1 in the 1980s. Two Helmar Big League Gibson cards sold for $3,500 and $2,900, respectively.

One collector is even asking $1 million on eBay for a signed Gibson baseball.

“It is estimated that fewer than one dozen authentic Gibson autographs exist in the hobby today most of them on paper. Here we present one of the most appealing examples from that microscopic supply, one of just the tiniest handful of baseballs bearing the signature of the fabled slugger. The other few signed baseballs are multi signed baseballs. This is the only true Josh Gibson single signed baseball in existence. Gibson signed the ball and inscribed ‘Homestead Grays, July 8,1942,'” the eBay description lot reads.

The most expensive Gibson card — an autographed 1931 Harrison Studios Postcard — sold for $81,200 in 2006 at Robert Edward Auctions. A game-used Gibson bat from 1935 is his highest-selling piece of memorabilia when it fetched $240,000 at Heritage Auctions in 2018.

Gibson, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, died at the young age of 35 after suffering a stroke.

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