His career slash line of .310/.399/.398 doesn't look fantastic, but that nearly .400 OBP made him extremely valuable. He wasn't incredibly fast, stealing only 179 bases across 20 seasons. Also, as evidenced by his low slugging percentage, Appling hit only 45 home runs in his career. However, he did average about 25 doubles per season, and had more than 10 triples three times.
Appling was a cornerstone of the White Sox franchise for a long time and his plate discipline combined with his well above-average defense made him consistently a 5-6 WAR player - easily a Hall of Fame-caliber player. Unfortunately, "Luscious Luke" never won a World Championship. But, he did finally make it into the Hall of Fame in 1964. He passed away at the ripe old age of 83 in 1991.
Luke Appling Baseball Cards
Being a vintage Hall-of-Fame baseball player who played for a high profile team like the Chicago White Sox does a lot for Luke Appling baseball cards. Also, being a career .310 hitter helps Appling card values, as many collectors prefer players who had a career batting average over .300. There are several top Luke Appling cards that when graded by PSA can fetch $150 or more.
The best Luke Appling baseball card is the 1934 Goudey #27. Even in PSA 4 (Very Good) condition, these cards can easily fetch $150 at auction. PSA 7 1934 Goudey Luke Appling cards can sell for over $350. There’s also the Luke Appling 1936 Diamond Stars card, which in graded PSA 7 condition also fetches over $350.
Another Luke Appling card with a triple-digit value is the 1948 Leaf #59, which in PSA 7 condition can sell for about $200. There’s also the 1950 Bowman #37, which in the same condition sells about a little over $150. If you want to go a little bit cheaper, there’s the 1960 Fleer Baseball Great #27 Luke Appling, which can be had in PSA 9 condition for around $50.
While Luke Appling isn’t a big name Hall of Famer, he was a White Sox great, and his baseball cards definitely have value. If you’re a vintage baseball card collector or just a big White Sox fan, Luke Appling baseball cards are a good value to add to your collection.