Exceptional sepia matte-finish 7.25 x 9.25 publicity photo of Gehrig as he appeared in the 1938 film Rawhide, neatly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Vivian—My sincerest and best to you always, Lou Gehrig.” In fine condition, with an irregular surface spot to the lower left, a few tiny red marks to his chin area, the inscription and signature just a shade light, and uniformly trimmed edges. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA. A wonderful, sharp image of Gehrig in his only Hollywood screen appearance, playing himself as a vacationing ballplayer visiting his sister on a ranch in the fictional town of Rawhide, Montana. Filming took place prior to the 1938 season, which would be his last full season before being diagnosed with ALS in June of 1939. In 2006, neuroscience researchers studied the film and found that Gehrig did not exhibit any visible signs of the disease during the film, concluding that he was functioning normally at that time. A handsome portrait with an interesting background. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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Official Reach American League (Ban Johnson) baseball signed in fountain pen on the sweet spot, “Babe Ruth,” and on a side panel, “Lou Gehrig.” In very good condition, with scattered surface marks and dings, a Global label affixed near the league stamp, and the Ruth signature a few shades light but mostly legible; Gehrig’s signature is relatively bold and quite appealing. A scarce example of perhaps the most desirable combination in the hobby. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Choice vintage fountain pen signature, “Lou Gehrig,” on a peach 3.75 x 1.5 card. In very fine condition. An especially clean, crisp signature. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Official Reach American League (Ban Johnson) baseball signed in blue ink on the sweet spot by Babe Ruth and two side panels by Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri. The signatures are light but legible, with the Lazzeri extremely light but visible above the Ban Johnson stamp, otherwise fine condition. The baseball bears exceptionally bold stampings and is especially bright for its age. A superb example that features the powerful portion of the 1927 Yankees legendary ‘Murderer’s Row’ lineup, the season in which Ruth hit 60 home runs. This baseball can be definitively dated to this fabled year, as 1927 was the only year that the official American League baseball was adorned with these specific stamps and patent markings—and it was not signed later, as Ruth discontinued using quotation marks around his first name the following year. A simply exquisite piece from what is widely considered the greatest team in baseball history. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Fountain pen signature and inscription, “Best wishes, Harry, Lou Gehrig,” on an off-white 3.5 x 2 sheet. Attractively double-cloth-matted and framed to an overall size of 12.5 x 18. Light scattered creases and slight show-through from mounting remnants to reverse, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.