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1938 Lou Gehrig Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $8,887.50
Pennant-brand "Special League" ball, signed by Lou Gehrig across the sweet spot. Gehrig's signature has been scripted in brown fountain pen and grades "7/8." The date, "6/10/38," appears in black fountain pen (in an unknown hand) on the east panel. What sets this ball apart from nearly all other Lou Gehrig single-signed balls is the fact that Gehrig has signed it on the sweet spot. Gehrig, as did most other Yankees players at the time, normally signed his name on a side panel when autographing a ball (the sweet spot was always reserved for Ruth). As nearly all collectors are aware, Gehrig single-signed balls, in any form, are exceedingly rare and far scarcer than Ruth singles. Those featuring a sweet-spot signature are rarer still, and are absent in even the most advanced collections. If this ball were signed by Gehrig on June 10, 1938, then the signing probably took place at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees defeated the Indians 8-2 on that date, with Gehrig contributing two hits to the winning cause, including his seventh home run of the year. 1938, of course, marked Gehrig's final full season in baseball. Just one year later he was stricken with the rare disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which abruptly ended his career and ultimately resulted in his death in 1941. The ball is moderately soiled, including a few minor scuffs and abrasions (one of which touches upon the base of the "L" in "Lou"). In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $8,887.50
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