Goldin Elite Auction Ending May 22-23

Lot #13: 1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig Rookie Card – SGC VG 3


This lot closes on May 22nd, 2021 at 10:00 PM EDT for initial bids.

An understandably coveted, much sought-after period memento, this postcard-sized showpiece is widely considered to be Lou Gehrig's Rookie Card: the item was produced for the Iron Horse's first full season with the New York Yankees. The projection of confidence inherent in the young slugger's follow-through seems prophetically complemented by the stockiness of Gehrig's frame in this arcade card's fascinating black-and-white illustration. Both attributes would serve him well during the years that followed, and it's hard to believe that, at the time this collectible's glimpse was recorded for posterity, Gehrig had only 38 career Major League at-bats to his name. The attention-grabbing, debut-year souvenir's premium dimensions, along with haphazard distribution conducted only through amusement park vending machines, have ensured that the supply of this exceptionally visual memento will forever be dwarfed by the demand for it among those who revere Lou Gehrig's legacy.

Graded 40 VG 3 by SGC. Hall of Famer, in his Rookie Card appearance. This superior specimen displays its famous subject (in news-photo style) in a nicely detailed image. Natural corner rounding and touches of attic dusting or age-toning barely impinge upon the aesthetic drama of the blank-backed, 3-3/8" x 5-3/8" collectible. Very Good condition, with qualities of eye appeal exceeding that level.
Final Bid (Includes Buyers Premium):$116,850
Minimum Bid:$50,000
Number of Bids:10