Guaranteed World Championship vintage!1936-38 Lou Gehrig Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. 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 supply of Gehrig lumber in today's collectibles marketplace is maddeningly small, with this offering marking just the third from the Iron Horse's arsenal to pass through our offices.
This "small signature" model Hillerich & Bradsby is the highest-graded of that trio at PSA/DNA GU 9, a picture-perfect specimen with the heavy game use one might expect from the sport's most loyal servant. The barrel of the bat is awash in ball marks, cleat divots and light checking, while a slightly handle crack has been secured with vintage nails. The thirty-five-inch (35") war club tips the scales just a few grams lighter than the "37 1/2" ounce weight that is stamped on the knob, matching orders from 9/9/36, 9/11/37 and 5/25/38 which are notated in the H&B ordering records, "mark wts. on end."
With assured World Championship vintage, and a potential link to Gehrig's 1936 Triple Crown and American League MVP season, this bat exudes baseball greatness as it teeters on the brink of tragedy and despair. For those elite collectors seeking an inspirational piece, a relic that reminds its owner to work hard every day, and to face adversity with courage and dignity, there are few targets more worthy. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.
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