Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIV
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Babe Ruth may be the most celebrated player in baseball history, but teammate Lou Gehrig might well be the most revered.

The Iron Horse played in a record 2,130 games, later eclipsed by Cal Ripken, Jr., serving as he heart, soul and enduring persona of Yankee corporate image. Often stoic and always businesslike on the field, cherished his spot in the heart of the Yankee lineup, driving in runs seemingly at will. He was the calm and quiet behind Ruth’s bigger than life personality and later a rudder to a ship piloted by The Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio. But it was Gehrig who set the tone for The Bronx Bombers, going to work every day, performing his duties perfectly, and setting a standard that continues to this day.

A Signature And A Captured Moment In Time.

Gehrig’s beautiful sweeping signature is seen at its best on this photo, as reflected by its lofty PSA 8 NM-MT grade. Every stoke, every loop is perfectly proportioned and graceful, resulting in what is the finest Gehrig signature we’ve witnessed on a ball or photo in our many years in the hobby. With no smudges nor indications of fading, we can safely say you’ll never find another signature from Gehrig that outscores this one.

August 18, 1929, The Game Behind The Signature.

The 1929 season was an “un-Gehrig” type season for the Yankee captain. For most players, hitting .300 with 35 home runs and 125 RBIs would be a sensational campaign. But Gehrig’s batting average was down 74 points from the previous season and he drove in 22 fewer runs. Nagging injuries, too small to cause the Yankee great to pull himself from the lineup, but big enough to impact his play, created a strain throughout the season.

The reverse of this marvelous and well-preserved autographed photo sports the line Sox Park Chicago, August 18-29. The Yankees found themselves in an unusual place, second place, trailing the juggernaut Philadelphia Athletics by a vast 13 games (the Yankees would finish the season in second place, some 18 games back, despite winning 88 games).

Herb Pennock to the hill for the pinstripers on August 18th facing future Hall of Famer Ted Lyons for the Sox. Lyons baffled the Yankees on the afternoon, giving up only two runs on six hits, none of which came from Gehrig, who wore the collar for the game. Ironically, it was Lyons who was the game’s hitting star, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

An Enduring Image

This incredible signed photo depicts Gehrig as we want to remember him. Young, strong and powerful. The image appears to be taken pre-game with the cavernous Comiskey Park outfield, with its majestic arches perfectly framing the Yankee great.
While this image may not be taken by Conlon or Burke or Thompson, and it may not be a standard 8 x 10, this snapshot of Gehrig captures the man who, to this day, represents the very best in baseball in the prime of his career. Autographed photos don’t get much better than this.

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One Of A Kind Autographed Photo Of Lou Gehrig, Autograph PSA/DNA Certified 8 NM-MT

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Minimum Bid: $3,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $10,899.60
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Friday, March 30, 2018.
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