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    The best Gehrig cap in the hobby!

    1929-32 Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees Cap from The Lou Gehrig Collection, MEARS Authentic.

    UPDATE: This lot includes a letter of provenance from the consignor.

    Born and bred in the city where he charted his path to baseball immortality, Henry Louis Gehrig was not only one of the greatest players ever to wear a Major League uniform, but one of the greatest men as well. Everything that the true baseball fan loves about the sport, and those lost merits we lament in this modern age of cheats and prima donnas, were embodied in Gehrig's quiet strength, and epitomized in the bravery of his famous farewell as he stared down the barrel of his own mortality. That 1939 ceremony in which Gehrig's sturdy number "4" was retired from the Yankee wardrobe could be considered the groundbreaking ceremony of the official team pantheon enshrined within Monument Park, establishing a standard for excellence all but impossible to match.

    Gehrig's unparalleled blend of character and achievement has understandably propelled demand for all memorabilia bearing his name or touch to the peak of desirability, and nowhere is this more evident than in the market for his game used gear. Despite an attendance record bested only a single time in baseball history, the availability of Gehrig uniform pieces trails demand by a gulf far too wide to measure.

    Presented is the finest example of a Lou Gehrig game worn cap ever to surface in the collecting hobby, a spectacularly preserved representation that exhibits all the durability of its famous original owner. Its derivation from the personal collection of the tragic hero provides the most ironclad assurance of authenticity possible, and a detailed letter of examination from the experts at MEARS raves about the "phenomenal overall condition."

    The four-season span they assert in that letter comes as the result of other Yankees caps in their archives that match the machine-typed "Gehrig" identifier format affixed to the interior leather headband beside the "Spalding" silver stamping. Other examples from fellow Cooperstown immortals Miller Huggins, Tony Lazzeri and Babe Ruth bear similar name tag application. MEARS writes, "All examples illustrated during the time frame of 1929 (Huggins last year) to early 1930s [confirm that] the Yankees wore caps with the type letter style of player identification." MEARS likewise confirms that the cap's interior circumference (calculating to size 7 1/8 to 7 3/8) is consistent with other Gehrig exemplars.

    Nearly every Depression-era baseball cap that has entered the collecting hobby suffers from significant damage to the cardboard visor insert, but the offered representation has dodged that ubiquitous injury, and while the interior headband exhibits evidence of wear, it has none of the cracking or loss likewise endemic to its contemporaries. As such, the ancient relic stands as a most fitting tribute to its famously durable original owner. It is, quite simply, one of the greatest treasures of Yankeedom to enter the hobby in recent memory. LOA from MEARS, Authentic. Letter of provenance from consignor.




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    February, 2019
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