1934 Tour of Japan Team Signed Cigarette Lighter Baseball from The Lou Gehrig Collection....
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9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018
The Iron Horse, on the other hand, was at most a casual smoker, and the evidence survives in the remarkable condition of the offered lot. This specially crafted keepsake from baseball's most noteworthy foreign excursion exhibits a stunning absence of handling, the lighter forgotten for decades within its original, included box.
It's interesting to note that this is a baseball specially made for its service as a cigarette lighter, a fact made apparent when viewing the extra wide sweet spots of the sphere. One side sprouts the lighting mechanism, its wick still a virgin white. The bottom bears a tiny handwritten "G," designating the lighter for Gehrig. The four panels bear spectacularly preserved signatures from the following:
Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Connie Mack, Lefty Gomez, Earl Averill, Charles Gehringer, Moe Berg, Earl Whitehill, Joe Cascarella, Frank Hayes, Clint Brown, Bob Schroeder, Rabbit Warstler, John Quinn, Doc Ebling, Bing Miller.
An unknown hand has penned "1934 Oriental Tour" on one panel, and "All American Baseball Team" on the opposing side. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
Service and Handling Description: Balls, Pucks, etc. - Encased, Small (view shipping information)