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Extraordinary Circa 1935 Lou Gehrig Single-Signed Ball with Provenance
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $12,925
This exceptional Lou Gehrig single-signed baseball, bearing a near flawless inscription on the side panel, represents one of the finest examples we have ever seen, let alone offered. The official American League (Harridge) ball is inscribed in black fountain pen on a side panel: "To Buddy Zwick With Kind Regards Lou Gehrig." Both the inscription and Gehrig's signature are boldly rendered, grading a strong "9," and contrast exceptionally well against the cream-colored background. Ideally, this ball originates directly from Buddy Zwick's family and is accompanied by a handwritten note from Zwick's grandson, Jay Jacobsen, in which he details its history. (Please note: the brief note from Buddy Zwick's grandson is currently misplaced. We are confident we will find it as we have never permanently lost any item, but we do have to note that it is currently "missing in action" and is probably buried under the mass of papers on REA president Robert Lifson's desk. Every effort will be made to find it and we anticipate success). In addition to the exemplary signature, the ball is further distinguished by its remarkable state of preservation. Aside from a few extremely light surface blemishes, the ball remains clean and bright, displaying much as it did when held by the legendary "Iron Horse" some seventy-five years ago. As most collectors are aware, Gehrig single-signed baseballs are extremely rare and many times scarcer than Babe Ruth single-signed balls, especially high-grade examples such as this. Based upon the label, this ball dates to the 1934-1939 manufacturing period, a time when Gehrig was finally able to step out from under Ruth's enormous shadow and take his rightful place on baseball's center stage, albeit briefly before his tragic demise. Gehrig is one of the keys to any advanced single-signed Hall of Fame ball collection and this example is exceptional in all regards. Excellent-to-Mint to Near-Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $12,925
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