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    A special relic from the final years of The Streak

    Late 1930'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.

    Here we encounter a specimen which ups the ante even further, supplying rare sweet spot positioning atypical of a man whose humility usually drew him to the side panel even on an otherwise blank ball. His black fountain pen ink survives with a very conservative 4/10 boldness according to the strict PSA/DNA assessment, but it remains unmistakable and stylishly scripted. The red-stitching of the OAL (Harridge) ball that serves as the ideal medium assures post-1933 production, as Gehrig was stepping out of the shadow of the Babe where he had labored for a decade. The ball itself rates a 5/10 for the combined grade as listed. A marvelous rarity far too often absent from even the finest private collections. Full Grading COA from PSA/DNA, VG-EX+ 4.5. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.






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    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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