Lot # 131: 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig PSA 7 NM

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $7,500.00

Bids: 20 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer Rarities Auction 2023",
which ran from 8/17/2023 9:00 AM to
9/9/2023 7:00 PM

(LOT 131)
1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig PSA 7 NM

PACK-FRESH IRON HORSE!!! The $672K record-setting sale of a PSA 9 MINT 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig bubble gum card in Memory Lane's 2022 Spring Auction rocked the hobby, placing an indelible stamp on the spiking values for Gehrig's Goudey subjects. Indeed, this unprecedented sale served as a steadfast reminder of the seemingly infinite investment potential for some of the hobby's finest cardboard treasures. Some 90 years ago, little did the Boston, Massachusetts based Goudey Gum Co. realize that their landmark 1933 bubble gum cards would continue to steal the hearts of American hobbyists into the 21st century. As is the case with a majority of the 1930s issued sets, one of the top two players in the Goudey compilation is the immortal Henry Louis Gehrig, with the Goudey Co. issuing two different subjects of the powerful Iron Horse (#s 92 & 160) due to his momentous stature.

Memory Lane is proud to present this PSA 7 NM Gehrig #92 Goudey subject in a breathtaking PSA 7 holder. A myriad of elite enthusiasts pursue Lou Gehrig's most iconic cardboard mementos, and why not? Above everything else, the Iron Horse was the supreme model of courage, and his batting superiority led to an unfathomable 13 consecutive seasons of 100+ RBIs. Tragically, his incredible career was cut short by the deadly ALS disease that claimed his life at the tender age of 37. For all of his batting accomplishments, he will always be best remembered for his staggering 2,130 consecutive games streak. Furthermore, his incomparable "Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" farewell speech will forever stand as our national pastime's Gettysburg Address, unequivocally embracing a solemn nation. Unlike his star-studded teammate Babe Ruth, Gehrig was the quiet hero, simply going about his business in a relentless manner for 13 seasons and still receiving the utmost respect from his baseball peers and devoted fans.

For all of these reasons, Gehrig's most esteemed baseball cards are highly coveted by the collecting community, and arguably speaking, his #92 Goudey subject stands right alongside his 1925 Exhibit rookie card as his most prestigious issue. The 1933 campaign would certainly suffice as another incredible season for Gehrig, with the slugging first sacker walloping 32 round-trippers, knocking in 140 runs and posting magnificent batting average (.334) and OPS (1.030) figures. With Ruth now aging and in the midst of a slow demise, the Iron Horse was now the dominant Yankee slugger who would capture the AL Triple Crown the following '34 season. You can almost feel Gehrig's unparalleled strength via his awe-inspiring batting stance pose in this lithographic image originally taken by none other than the illustrious baseball photographer, Charles M. Conlon. Remarkably, its overall brilliance reveals an abundance of impeccable attributes, including near-perfect contrast, crystal-clear focus, and vibrant facial hues.

The tranquil powder blue background ably assists in projecting Gehrig's timeless batting stance in 3-D fashion, with the image somewhat favoring the left edge. For full disclosure, there is an extremely faint soiling spot barely visible to the naked eye beneath Gehrig's right forearm, with the otherwise clean surfaces and nearly right-angled corners stealing the show. Lou Gehrig's exalted cardboard heirlooms will forever stand tall due to that captivating moment on July 4, 1939 when, in lieu of being stricken with a deadly disease, he tearfully said goodbye to a packed house at Yankee Stadium. While we cannot officially turn back the clock to that storied event, as a grand testament for Gehrig's immortality, collectors can surely capture some of his superior cardboard mementos issued during his playing days, such as this magnificent pack-fresh marvel!

MIN BID $7,500

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