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Lot # 975 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1925 Lou Gehrig Signed Exhibit Card - Rookie Card!

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $15,275

1925 Exhibit card of Lou Gehrig, signed by Gehrig in black fountain pen atop his image. This Exhibit card dating from Gehrig's first full season with the Yankees in 1925 is extremely significant as it is universally recognized as Lou Gehrig's rookie card. This example is particularly extraordinary as it is magnificently autographed by Gehrig! Gehrig has boldly signed his card, with the signature grading "9," and contrasting extremely well against the light background of his uniform. All Gehrig signed cards are very rare. A signed rookie Exhibit card is certainly one of the most incredible items one could have as a venue for a Gehrig autograph. This is a rare card. It has been years since we have offered an example of this important card. This is the first signed example we have ever offered.

Exhibit cards were issued annually between the years 1921 and 1966. Signed examples dating from the 1920s, especially those of prominent Hall of Famers, have long been very popular with collectors. The 1925 Gehrig Exhibit card has been encapsulated, and the autograph deemed "Authentic," by PSA/DNA (neither the card nor the signature has been graded by the company). The card (3.25 x 5.25 inches) has some neatly scripted vintage black fountain pen notations on the reverse (including Gehrig's 1927 and 1928 World Series stats and personal observations of him by the original owner of the card) and is otherwise in spectacular Excellent to Mint condition. The record auction price for this card (unsigned, in Excellent condition) exceeds $10,000. This is an exceptional Lou Gehrig signed piece and one that would be an extremely significant highlight in even the most advanced card or Hall of Fame autograph collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $15,275

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