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1937 Lou Gehrig Handwritten Postcard and 1940 Lou Gehrig Letter
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75
Presented here is a 1937 Lou Gehrig handwritten postcard and accompanying 1940 Lou Gehrig typed letter (bearing a stamped signature) both of which are new to the hobby. The provenance accompanying these two pieces could not be any more ideal, for each item is addressed to our consignor, and they have been in his personal possession for the past seventy-one years. The postcard, from the Hotel Chase in St. Louis, Missouri, is postmarked August 27, 1937, from St. Louis and has been written and addressed entirely in Gehrig’s hand. Our consignor had previously written to Gehrig requesting a photograph, and in this brief note, Gehrig offers his reply: “Sorry Dick, I haven’t any photos – Best Wishes – Lou Gehrig.” Both the text and signature have been scripted in pencil and grade “9/10.” Gehrig wrote this postcard while staying in St. Louis during the second leg of an eventual six-city, fifteen-game road trip with the Yankees. The Yankees were in St. Louis for a three-game series against the Browns from August 26th through August 28th. The front of the postcard pictures the Hotel Chase in St. Louis, where the Yankees were staying during their visit. Gehrig and the Yankees were riding high at the time. After taking two out of three games from the Browns, they left St. Louis with an eleven game lead in the American League. They eventually won the pennant and went on to capture their second consecutive World Championship. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition. The second letter in this collection, written in 1940, dates from a much darker period of Gehrig’s life. Gehrig was fully in the throes of his terrible disease and even though he had accepted a job as a member of the Parole Commission for the City of New York, the position was basically honorary. Gehrig could barely hold a pen, let alone write at this point, and other people generally handled all of his duties. He did, however, with the help of his wife and a secretary, continue to correspond with people, only his letters were signed either by a secretary or by means of a signature ink-stamp. The offered letter is typed on official “City of New York – Parole Commission” stationery and is dated October 1, 1940. Once again our consignor had written to Gehrig, asking him to speak at a Cubs Scout meeting, and Gehrig offers his reply: “Dear Mr. Ulrich: Thank you for your letter of September 28th, but it will be impossible for me to accept your invitation to visit one of the meetings of the Cub Pack. I know you will appreciate that I am undergoing an intensive course of medical treatment at the present time and my physicians advise that I make no public appearances. With kindest personal regards, Very truly yours, Lou Gehrig [stamped].” The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays normal mailing folds and a few light creases throughout. Ex. It is accompanied by the original mailing envelope (6.75 x 3.75 inches), postmarked October 1, 1940. Ex. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 2 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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