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1936 V355 World Wide Gum #96 Lou Gehrig
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,938
Graded EX 60 by SGC. One of only four examples graded at this level, with just two examples graded higher by SGC. High-grade example of one of the key cards from the 1936 V355 World Wide Gum set, featuring Lou Gehrig on his final card issued during his playing days. This is one of Gehrig's rarest and most distinctive 1930s cards. This V355 Lou Gehrig example is extremely bright and clean, both front and back, with only a hint of light wear on the corners, and an insignificant age spot of little or no consequence in the upper left. Gehrig’s portrait image is flawless. Centered slightly towards the bottom left (approximately 45/55 L/R and 60/40 T/B). The black text on the reverse is crisp, bold, and essentially flawless. The back is centered toward the bottom left. This auction includes a complete set of all 135 cards from the 1936 World Wide Gum set presented in three lots, with the two key cards (Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig) offered as separate lots, and the remaining 133 cards (a complete set minus only these two iconic key cards) offered as a third lot. The V355 is one of Gehrig's most significant and desirable cards. It is, in fact, his last traditional baseball card issued with bubble gum (as opposed to the few later Gehrig cards that were issued by Wheaties and Exhibit). We're not sure why this card has not received more attention from collectors and does not list for a higher price. It may simply be that it is extremely rare (and is not a rookie card, as is the case with DiMaggio). In our experience, the V355 Gehrig may be even rarer than the V355 DiMaggio rookie card (and the population reports for both PSA and SGC are supportive of this observation: to date 21 DiMaggios and only 14 Gehrigs have been graded by PSA, and 16 DiMaggios and 12 Gehrigs have been graded by SGC; small numbers for each but we think statistically significant). In fact, this is the first V355 Gehrig we have ever presented alone (in years past we have offered two near-complete sets, each of which included a much lower-grade Gehrig, one in Good condition, the other in Pr). This is a stunning example of one of Lou Gehrig’s most significant cards: his final card from his playing days. The SMR value is very conservative in our opinion at $1,900. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,938
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