Lot # 3: Spectacular 1933 Goudey #92 SIGNED Lou Gehrig Subject (PSA Authentic) – One of Only 9 PSA Authenticated #92 Goudey Examples/Also Includes a JSA LOA

Category: Autographs

Starting Bid: $20,000.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2021 Rarities Auction",
which ran from 2/27/2021 10:00 AM to
3/20/2021 7:00 PM

(LOT 3)
Spectacular 1933 Goudey #92 SIGNED Lou Gehrig Subject (PSA Authentic) – One of Only 9 PSA Authenticated #92 Goudey Examples/Also Includes a JSA LOA

This magnificent 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig subject has been neatly signed by the "Iron Horse" directly across the center of the card in bold black fountain pen, with the illustrious PSA company encapsulating it as a true authentic Lou Gehrig script! Considered extremely scare, PSA's "Pop" chart only lists 8 other signed 1933 Goudey #92 Gehrig subjects, not a near enough quantity to accommodate the advanced collecting community. It is no secret that signed Goudey Gehrig's and Ruth's have "exploded" with regard to their staggering pricing points, spearheaded by the iconic "Uncle Jimmy Collection" that realized $201K for an autographed 1933 Goudey #92 Gehrig issue in 2020.

Certainly not an anomaly, other Uncle Jimmy signed Goudey Gehrig cards (1933 #160 and 1934 #37) have likewise achieved record setting prices of $195K and $218K, respectively, and an autographed 1933 Goudey #92 Gehrig without any collector provenance recently realized $130K in a public auction. Like an uncontrollable brushfire, the pricing anomalies for these extraordinary signed Goudey Gehrig's have literally "leaped off the chart", with newly auctioned examples seemingly setting new records each and every day. It would certainly make sense for these Goudey Ruth's and Gehrig's to finally escalate in value, especially considering modern signed cards such as Mike Trout and LeBron James rookies in 2020 fetched unfathomable $3.8 million and $1.8 million figures, respectively. Bottom line is if modern sports heroes such as Trout and James can record historic record-setting pricing, what is the true value for arguably baseball's two finest all-time players such as George Herman Ruth and Henry Louis Gehrig.

The incomparable legacy of Lou Gehrig can be traced back to his Columbia University playing days where Gehrig dominated as both a standout pitcher and slugging first baseman. Catching the attention of renowned New York Yankee scout Paul Krichell, on April 28, 1923 Gehrig hit one of the longest home runs ever seen at Columbia's South Field; a mammoth 450-foot blast that sailed completely out of the ball park, prompting Krichell to sign Gehrig to a Yankee contract only two days later. While Gehrig would be called up to the majors before the end of the season, he would see limited time as a pinch hitter in both the 1923 and 1924 seasons, accumulating only 38 official at-bats in those two seasons. It would be the 1925 season that the "Iron Horse" would enjoy his first breakout season, batting .295 and walloping 20 home runs in nearly 500 plate appearances. Now considered one of the game's fearsome sluggers, Gehrig would embark on one of the most formidable careers in baseball history. One of baseball's greatest all-timers, Gehrig's legendary stature stands right alongside Ruth, Cobb, Wagner, Jackson, Young, Mathewson and Johnson, with his cardboard rarities already realizing remarkable price tags.

The sports memorabilia market is currently in the midst of a pricing frenzy for signed "high-profile" Hall of Famer rarities and most would agree that a scripted 1933 Lou Gehrig Goudey easily stands as one of the most exalted autographed sports cards extant. The card itself was issued a year after the Yankees swept the Chicago Cubs in the '32 Fall Classic to win their fourth World Championship, spearheaded by the dynamic batting duo of Ruth and Gehrig. The classic Gehrig batting pose has miraculously eluded any serious surface flaws, with the bold powder blue background strongly projecting the timeless Gehrig image. Emanating solid "VG/3" aesthetics, no glaring flaws are evident, with the even corner wear portraying a splendid eye pleasing uniformity. Of course, the key aspect of this 87-year old gem is the bold black fountain pen "Lou Gehrig" script that depicts fine "EX/MT 6" strength, with only a somewhat lighter "L" preventing a higher assessment. While the final superlative is a relatively clean verso, it is the sparkling obverse side aesthetics and superb black fountain pen autograph that "steals the show", with only eight other signed #92 Goudey Gehrig's listed on PSA's ultra-prestigious "Pop" chart.

In closing, any autographed collectible of Gehrig is widely sort after within the collecting community due to his unequivocal legacy, let alone one that represents one of his highly coveted 1933 Goudey subjects. Tragically, Gehrig's incredible career was cut short by the deadly "ALS" disease (now more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) that took his life at the tender age of 37. Yet, with all of his "on the field" accomplishments, he will always be best remembered for his 2,130-consecutive game streak, accounting for his sacred "Iron Horse" nickname. Furthermore, his incomparable farewell "Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 will forever stand as our National Pastime's "Gettysburg Address". He was the quiet hero, simply going about his business with a steadfast purpose that the mere mention of his hallowed name inspires a still tranquility amongst his vast following. Safe to say, the recent 1933 & 1934 signed Gehrig Goudey pricing surge was long overdue, and we can only ponder as to extraordinary level scripted Gehrig cards will eventually reach, since his immortal standing will forever stand tall above virtually every player that has come before and after this true embodiment of a National hero. Regarding the value of this "Iron Horse" museum worthy masterpiece, we will defer to you, the sophisticated collector, to ultimately determine its true worth!

MIN BID $20,000

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