1930's Lou Gehrig Signed Bat. It's a well-establis...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description1930's Lou Gehrig Signed Bat. It's a well-established truth in the sports collectibles marketplace that the population of single signed baseballs from Babe Ruth exceeds that of his trusted sidekick by a factor of approximately one hundred. Even this figure may be understating the rarity of Gehrig singles, one of the hobby's more exasperating complications. But what do we find when we transition from horsehide to Louisville lumber?
Answer: a very similar ratio.
Certainly baseball bats autographed by Babe Ruth are quite rare, a small fraction of the population of signed baseballs, but they do surface with some limited degree of regularity. Those bats bearing the signature of the Yankees' most dependable employee, however, might appear on the hobby's auction block once a leap year. One suspects that the full surviving population could be counted on one's fingers with digits to spare.
And so the difficulty in acquiring a Gehrig signed bat gradually compounds upon itself, with available models disappearing into private collections for perpetuity, their owners well aware that a second chance at ownership might never arise. It's been five years since the last single signed example we've encountered.
It's the perfect medium too, a retail model virtually identical to those wielded in competition by the Iron Horse. Placed between the Hillerich & Bradsby center brand and Gehrig's facsimile barrel signature, the fountain pen inscription reads, "To John, with best wishes, Lou Gehrig." A vintage clear-coat has preserved the ink at a 6/10 level. The thirty-five inch (35") lumber exhibits general handling and storage wear, but no faults of any real distraction.
Guide Value or Estimate: $40,000 - up.
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