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    A supreme rarity from The Luckiest Man!

    Signed 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #160 PSA/DNA Auto NM 7. On April 23rd of the year during which the presented trading card was issued, a tailing fastball from the left hand of Washington Senators ace Earl Whitehill struck Lou Gehrig in the head. For several frightening minutes, the stalwart first baseman lay in the batter's box as he struggled to regain his senses, then, predictably, stood up, brushed himself off, and took his base. Four months later, with his 1,308th consecutive appearance, he'd surpass Everett Scott to claim the title of the Major Leagues' most durable employee.

    Today, nearly eight decades after Gehrig's tragic early passing at age thirty-eight, many in the medical community wonder if the official diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis--more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease--was indeed the irresistible force that claimed the immovable object of the Iron Horse. Could it instead have been brain injury, and Gehrig's unwillingness to convalesce, that was his undoing?

    The answer figures to be yet another of our National Pastime's unsolvable mysteries, but there's no question of the rarity and desirability of this relic dating to the season of Gehrig's coronation as Consecutive Games King. The practice of presenting trading cards for signing was in its infancy when one pioneering soul met Gehrig with this card and a pencil in hand.

    The card boasts rich hues that are contained by a clean and frosty-white border. Your immediate impression is that of a card close to excellent condition. Alas, areas of reverse surface loss convey that the card was a treasured memento housed in some vintage album among other keepsakes. A vertically cascading crease was probably incurred during the removal process resulting in a strict tech assessment in the "Fair to Good" range. The pencil signature has been certified and graded PSA/DNA NM 7. Gehrig ranks among the most valuable residents of that issue, but this particular specimen distinguishes itself as one of just a small handful autographed by the Iron Horse himself.


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    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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