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    Thrilling relic from the season his legendary streak began!

    The Finest Known Signed 1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig Rookie Card, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8. Hobby fireworks erupted in our July 2014 Platinum Night when a signed ticket from Gehrig's heartbreaking "Luckiest Man" farewell game commanded $95,600, and there was every reason to believe that (short of a Yankees player contract) we had seen the finest signed paper item ever touched by the fountain pen of the Iron Horse. Yet just six months later, we have a legitimate contender--an exceedingly rare item that serves as the corresponding bookend for the Yankee legend's storied career. Where the signed ticket commemorated the tragic end of the story, the presented Exhibit takes us to the start, the postcard-sized (3.25x5.25") trading card issued (and almost certainly signed) during Gehrig's official rookie season of 1925.

    In order to appreciate the supreme rarity of the presented relic, we report that only nineteen unsigned cards appear in the PSA population report, a figure that makes the famous T206 Honus Wagner seem downright common by comparison. And while autographed trading cards are ubiquitous in the "modern" market, the practice was all but non-existent in the pre-war era. The construction of the autograph appearing upon this rare card suggests a signing soon after the card's release, as small variations in Gehrig's signature distinguish this as a particularly early incarnation.

    The card itself presents wonderfully as it begins its tenth decade of life, the wear confined to light corner touches and some pencil writing in an unknown hand on verso. The oversized dimensions of Exhibits, relative to standard trading cards, made them far more susceptible to the harsh realities of aging, ranking this representation near the top of the heap even in the absence of the autograph.

    And what an autograph it is, a bold black fountain pen application that is assessed at a NM-MT 8 level by the notoriously strict graders at PSA/DNA. The marvelous condition of both the medium and the signature place this relic high on the list of Gehrig signed images in any format whatsoever.

    The card derives from a collection of signed Exhibits that included the Walter Johnson model presented in the Final Session of this Platinum Night event, where each makes its auction debut. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, NM-MT 8.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 21
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