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1936 Lou Gehrig Signed Baseball (1936 All-Star Game)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $4,112.50
This signed baseball was obtained at the 1936 All-Star Game, held at Braves Field in Boston, and bears the signatures of four members of the American League team including Lou Gehrig. Ideally, Gehrig’s signature has been penned in black fountain pen across the sweet spot and grades “8/9.” Also located on the sweet spot, directly above, is the blue fountain-pen signature (“8”) of Detroit Tigers pitcher Schoolboy Rowe. The blue fountain-pen signatures of manager Joe McCarthy (“5/6”) and Boston Red Sox pitcher Mel Harder (“7”) appear, respectively, on separate side panels. A third side panel bears the vintage black fountain-pen notation, “Boston – July-7-1936 – All Star Game.” An illegible signature appears directly below the notation, but it doesn’t appear to be that of a ballplayer and is most likely the name of the ball’s original owner. Gehrig was the American League’s starting first baseman in the 1936 All-Star Game, while Rowe and Harder each appeared in relief. Gehrig was 1-2 on the day; his one hit was a solo home run in the seventh inning of the American’s League’s 4-3 loss. This is a particularly impressive looking Gehrig signed ball, and one which is not only obviously authentic and signed at a specific and noteworthy event (the 1936 All-Star Game), but also an exceptional and relatively economical alternative to a single-signed Gehrig ball. (A Gehrig single-signed ball with a signature of this quality would sell for tens of thousands of dollars.) The red-and-black stitched “Official League Ball,” manufactured by the Sport Specialty Company of Boston, Massachusetts, is lightly toned and soiled, and in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,112.50
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