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    The Iron Horse debuts in cardboard!

    1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig Rookie PSA VG 3 (MK). "Although Hartford watches Gehrig go with regret," reported the Hartford Courant on August 30, 1924, "Local fans on the whole are delighted to see him make his way to the big show and will pull for him to develop into a genuine big leaguer." For the better part of two seasons the stocky first baseman had seen his fanbase swell at the Hartford Senators home park of Clarkin Field, where his prodigious home run clouts had earned him the nickname, "the Eastern Babe," after the Eastern League in which Hartford competed. In 504 plate appearances in 1924 prior to that telephone call from the Bronx, Gehrig had launched thirty-seven round-trippers while batting a sizzling .369 and slugging nearly one hundred points better than the next closest Eastern Leaguer.

    While Gehrig did enjoy a brief, late-season debut with the 1923 World Championship Yankees, and ten more appearances with the 1924 edition, it was in 1925 that the Iron Horse was fully released from the Bronx paddock, beginning on June first of that season a consecutive games streak bested only once in baseball history. The offered relic faithfully honors its master's theme of durability, exhibiting a moderate degree of corner and edge wear but none of the deep creases, excessive soiling and heavy wear so common with early Exhibit issues.

    The blank reverse has various ink notations about Gehrig's career which account for the "MK" qualifier, but it must be stressed that the obverse is spared any such distraction. A solid example of one of the hobby's most cherished rookie card debuts.


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