Lot # 6: 1933 Goudey #160 Lou Gehrig PSA 8 NM-MT - Only 3 PSA Examples Graded Higher!

Category: Baseball

Starting Bid: $30,000.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring Rarities 2022",
which ran from 4/29/2022 4:00 PM to
5/21/2022 7:00 PM

(LOT 6)
1933 Goudey #160 Lou Gehrig PSA 8 NM-MT - Only 3 PSA Examples Graded Higher!

'33 GEHRIG!!! Entering the 1933 campaign, Henry Louis Gehrig had established himself as one of our National Pastime's most formidable sluggers, teaming up with the incomparable Babe Ruth to form the greatest dynamic batting duo in baseball history. Having already completed eight all-star seasons, the "Iron Horse" was vying for his fifth consecutive season of tallying a .300+ batting average, walloping 30+ homers and knocking in over 100 runs. In typical fashion, Gehrig would not disappoint the "Big Apple" faithful, posting a sensational .334 average along with 32 round-trippers and 140 R.B.I.s, with the prestigious Goudey Gum Company awarding his captivated fan base two baseball card subjects (#92 & #160) from their landmark 240-card set.

While both subjects utilized the exact same Charles Conlon batting image, it is the latter issued #160 Gehrig issue that is the scarcer of the two. PSA's prestigious "Pop" Chart substantiates that notion, having encapsulated roughly 1,500 Gehrig #92 Goudeys versus some 850 Gehrig #160 subjects, a significant 45% disparity. Presented here just happens to be one of the finest #160 Goudey Gehrigs you will ever come across, a breathtaking PSA 8 NM-MT gem that along with thirteen other examples, has only been bested by a meager three specimens! A true cardboard blazer, this magnificent offering boasts one of the best-preserved Gehrig batting poses you will ever see, with Lou donning his classic Yankee home pinstripes.

This particular image was originally taken by none other than the iconic photographer Charles M. Conlon whose unparalleled use of light and shadows, as well as capturing a candid moment in time, was second to none. Emanating exceptional resolution and a rich array of sparkling hues including a brilliant powder blue background, you can literally feel the intensity radiating from Gehrig's stoic facial expression as he loads his mighty lumber in preparation of blasting another tape-measure home run towards the furthest confines of Yankee Stadium. While the illustration reflects a modest partiality towards the upper left edges between four dazzling white borders, the perimeter edging and four pin-points corners are razor-sharp, with both impeccable surfaces effectively eluding any notable flaws.

One of the premier Goudey Gehrig subjects you will ever encounter, it serves as a sheer reminder of how the "Iron Horse" ruled the batter's box for 14 full seasons in Yankee pinstripes, ultimately ending his immortal career as baseball's greatest all-time 1st sacker. Tragically, Gehrig would have to call it quits in 1939 due to the deteriorating effects of the deadly ALS disease that eventually claimed his life on June 2, 1941. Yet, his remarkable batting achievements and embodiment of courage will forever live in the hearts of his adoring fan base, and other than his renowned 1925 Exhibit rookie keepsake, no Lou Gehrig cardboard heirloom could possibly be more sanctified than one of his two 1933 Goudey subjects. Issued during an era when Gehrig was replacing Babe Ruth as baseball's greatest slugger, this pack-fresh #160 offering literally "turns back the clock" some 89 years to the peak of Lou's remarkable career, when the Yankee captain was turning the baseball world upside down via his colossal power and unparalleled valor!

MIN BID $30,000

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