February 2019 Winter Premium Auction
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Lou Gehrig's Goudey cards from the renowned 1933 and 1934 sets rank among the hobby's most famous pieces of cardboard. While extremely desirable, they are not exceedingly rare. There are 1,328 examples of Gehrig's #92 Goudey on record at PSA, and another 751 copies of his #160 Goudey card from the 1933 set. Regarding 1934 Goudey, PSA has graded 858 specimens of the Iron Horse's card #37, and another 705 of his card #61. While the Yankee hero does not have an entry in Goudey's 1936 offering, his visage can be found in the 1936 World Wide Gum set. The World Wide Gum Co., commonly known as "Canadian Goudey," offered mirror versions of the American company's first two baseball sets, but ventured off on its own path with its 1936 set. Measuring 2 3/8" by 2 7/8" and printed in Canada, the bilingual '36 World Wide Gum set is incredibly scarce today, especially in comparison to contemporaneous sets released in the US.

Offered here is one of only 26 PSA-graded examples of the New York Yankee legend's 1936 World Wide Gum #96 card. Graded Excellent 5 by PSA, it is one of three specimens in this grade with only six scoring higher. If you look at our high-resolution scans, both front and back, we think you will come to the same conclusion as we did: how in the world did this gorgeous cardboard relic only receive a PSA 5? This well-centered card exhibits well-formed—verging on sharp—corners, clean edges, and deadly accurate photo registration. Some nominal corner wear (which truly is superficial) is the only discernible flaw stopping this card from reaching the heights of the hobby. Rare in any grade, there is no sales data for this card in a PSA 5 holder, so this auction is breaking some hobby ground in that sense!

Lou Gehrig is one of those household names that transcends the sport. His 2,131 consecutive games played streak was broken only due to his tragic affliction with the devastating disease that bears his name, also known as ALS. One of baseball's greatest players, in any era, the New York native was perhaps the only man of his time not overshadowed by his larger-than-life teammate, Babe Ruth. A member of six World Series champion Yankees teams—and owner of a .361 career batting average in 34 Fall Classic games—Gehrig is one of the greatest batsmen to ever put on the pinstripes, and is unsurpassed in being the greatest gentleman ballplayer. Adding this exquisite World Wide Gum card from Lou's 1936 AL MVP season will without a doubt set your collection apart from all the rest.
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Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $8,702
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
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