1939-1946 Salutation Exhibits Lou Gehrig PSA NM+ 7.5 - Highest Graded - Gehrig's Final Card as a Player!

Sold For: $5,400

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 844

Item Year: 1939

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded NM+ 7.5 by PSA. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Absolutely stunning and ultra high-grade example of Lou Gehrig from the Salutation Exhibits set. These unnumbered cards are not dated and were issued over a series of years, so they are generally collected as a single set. Some cards in this Exhibit-card series were issued for numerous years, while other players were issued for only a short period of time, thus creating many rarities. Gehrig is one of the players who falls into the latter category, unfortunately, as his debilitating disease ended his prolific baseball career in April 1939, right as this set was issued (Gehrig succumbed to his disease in 1941 at the age of thirty-seven). This makes the offered card the final card ever issued of Lou Gehrig as a player! Ideally featuring the New York Yankees slugger in his trademark batting follow-through pose, the card is crisp and clean, with a flawless image and a perfectly clean facsimile signature underneath ("Sincerely, Lou Gehrig"). Perfectly centered, with four strong corners and a clean blank reverse. This card may even be a bit conservatively graded! To date, only approximately five percent of all the 1939-1946 Salutation Exhibits submitted to PSA (2,033 in total) have ever graded NM+ or higher. This is a stunning card in all respects and one that has the incredible added significance of representing the final issued card of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig as a player. It would be a tremendous addition to any world-class Salutation Exhibits set or Lou Gehrig collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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