1933 R333 DeLong #7 Lou Gehrig SGC EX/NM 80

Sold For: $9,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1015

Item Year: 1933

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. Offered is an extraordinary high-grade example of this classic Lou Gehrig card. This is one of Gehrig's rarest 1930s cards and the key card to the DeLong Gum set. Gehrig, of course, is not just the highlight of the DeLong Gum set; it is one of the highlights of all Lou Gehrig cards and all 1930s gum cards. DeLongs have always been highly appreciated by advanced collectors. The small number of cards in the set, their relative scarcity compared to most others card sets of the era, their unique dimensions, design, and the fact that they were only a one-year issue all combine to give DeLongs a special mystique. This R333 DeLong Lou Gehrig example is very clean, with strong colors, corners showing a hint of wear, and near-perfect centering. The reverse of the card is also extremely clean, with bold black text. The R333 is one of Gehrig's most desirable cards, and one of the most famous of all 1930s gum cards. The R333 Gehrig is also far rarer than Gehrig's 1933 Goudey counterparts, especially in high grade. Due to this far greater rarity, we have always thought the DeLong of Gehrig represented a particularly exceptional value among all Lou Gehrig cards. This is an extremely impressive example of one of Gehrig's most classic cards in an extremely desirable grade. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.

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