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Late 1920's Lou Gehrig Single Signed Baseball....

2010 August Signature Sports Collectibles Auction #7024

 
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Offers to date: $45,000 on April 16, 2014
Auction Ended On: Aug 5, 2010
Item Activity: 11 Internet/mail/phone bidders Number of Bidders
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Baltimore, MD

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Late 1920's Lou Gehrig Single Signed Baseball. It has been said that for every one hundred Babe Ruth singles, you'll find one solo Lou Gehrig, and even that may be overstating the supply of the latter. After all, Gehrig was quoted as saying, "I'm not a headline guy. I know that as long as I was following Ruth to the plate I could have stood on my head and no one would have known the difference." Though this is more of an illustration of Gehrig's tremendous modesty than a tongue-in-cheek statement of fact, it is certainly undeniable that Lou just did not receive a fraction of the autograph requests that Ruth did, leaving collectors six decades after his passing to scrap for the scant few available singles.

While it's practically rude to quibble about condition when any genuine Gehrig single is cause for celebration, those most discerning collectors will find no cause for complaint with the provided representation, the black fountain pen ink side panel signature rating a conservative 8/10 in strength. The OAL baseball appears to have shed its presidential stamping, making precise dating of the sphere more difficult, but the red and blue stitching assures pre-1935 vintage and we've only been able to locate the unique patent stamping on the reverse sweet spot upon team balls dated to 1928, perhaps a single year variation. Regardless of its exact birthdate, this is an important keepsake as resilient as the man himself, a true Iron Horse of the collecting world. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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