Lot # 184: Superb c.1927 Lou Gehrig Barnstorming PSA Type 1 Encapsulated Photo – Measures Approx. 8” x 10”

Category: Photos

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "Winter Rarities '23 Auction",
which ran from 12/10/2022 12:00 PM to
1/7/2023 7:00 PM

(LOT 184)
Superb c.1927 Lou Gehrig Barnstorming PSA Type 1 Encapsulated Photo – Measures Approx. 8" x 10"

The dynamic duo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were the leaders of the unparalleled 1927 Yankees championship team, with their record setting assault on the fences eventually leading to the Bambino's iconic 60 home runs. Millions of Americans were now captivated by these incredible sluggers, which prompted Ruth and Gehrig's renowned agent Christy Walsh to organize a Continental U.S. tour directly after the 1927 World Series. Dubbed the "Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lou's Barnstorming Tour", Ruth and Gehrig would play in towns/cities without MLB teams in order to provide deprived fans a grand opportunity to see these legendary heroes.

Starting in New York and sweeping across America to the California coast, Ruth and Gehrig would be the sole Major League players, with each respective town providing local players to round out the teams. Both young and old admirers were now afforded their once in a lifetime opportunity to see the two Yankee stars perform live. One of those tour stops was October 15, 1927 when Ruth and Gehrig brought their game to Muehlebach Field in Kansas City, Missouri. This extremely rare PSA Type 1 photo reveals the Iron Horse taking the field with eight of his Larrupin' Lou's teammates before gametime. Gehrig is situated directly in the middle (5th from the left), with the Muehlebach Filed scoreboard serving as a classic backdrop.

Measuring approximately 8" x 10", the well contrasted image has eluded any glaring flaws, with some original printed white semicircles situated along the upper, lower and left edges. The verso reflects a significant OCT 15, 1927 ink stamp, and an ink notation reading: "Larrupin' Lou's taking field at K.C." As an interesting aftermath, built in 1923 and originally named after the owner of the Kansas City Blues (American Association), Muehlebach Field also hosted the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues from 1923-1954 before being demolished and rebuilt prior to the 1955 season to host MLB's Kansas City Athletics.

MIN BID $300

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