Spring, 2021 Auction - Closes April 3, 2021
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Recent auctions have clearly illustrated the rise in popularity of early Exhibit cards in general, with card after card setting record prices within the grade.  Long underappreciated, the beautiful photography, clean images, and outstanding player selection of early Exhibit sets have captured the attention of hobbyists, with no card generating more interest than the 1925 card of Yankee Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig.

Once obtainable for a few thousand dollars, the last several years have seen unbelievable price appreciation, first at the lower grades, followed by astronomical increases in the middle grades.  In 2017 qualified PSA 6 broke $100,000, and an SGC 5 broke $80,000 in our summer auction that same year.  Just four years later, that same qualified PSA 6 eclipsed $800,000, finally establishing Gehrig among the most important, desirable and expensive of all the Hall of Fame rookie cards.

This growth is with good reason: Lou Gehrig is one of the most popular players ever to play, and certainly is one of the greatest of all-time.  His legend has only increased over the years, and values of Gehrig memorabilia in general has begun to take its rightful place among the most valuable of all baseball collectibles.  It was, after all, just a few years ago that a Gehrig game-used bat attracted considerable attention in the media, ultimately selling for the record price of $437,000 in a Love of the Game Auction, at the time one of the highest prices paid for a game-used bat of any player.  The demand for quality Gehrig-related material continues to rise dramatically as hobbyists continue to seek out the finest material from the game's all-time greats.

Presented here is a gorgeous example of Gehrig's first card, recently graded VG 3 by PSA with the MK qualifier.  The card is stunning, one of just 36 examples to have been graded by PSA and certainly the most recent.  Boasting a superior image and edges and corners that suggest a higher technical grade, the card exhibits very little noticeable surface wear.  Close inspection of the frut will reveal very light edge chipping and corner wear, none of which interfere with the tremendous aesthetic appeal of the card.  Careful examination of the card front under a 40x loupe reveals no wrinkling or surface abrasions; some very light corner dings are barely visible to the naked eye.  

An examination of the reverse with that same loupe reveals the cause of the qualifier: several very light stray marks which have been erased from the card but still leave telltale signs visible in the upper-right corner.  It should be noted that these markings do not appear to be writing; they are simply two small, stray marks, each approximately a centimeter in length, barely visible.  Some edge and corner chipping is also evident on the reverse, contributing to the grade but not detracting from the eye appeal of the card.  Indeed, a cursory inspection of the card would lend the impression that this must be one of the finest and most attractive of all the known Gehrig rookies.  And while there are certainly examples that have attained a higher technical grade than this, the eye appeal of this example far surpasses the assigned grade, despite the technical accuracy of the number.

This is an extremely rare and valuable card, one that has, in higher grades, begun to approach the million-dollar plateau due to being one of the most desirable and important cards in the hobby.  In nearly 50 years of regularly issuing baseball cards, with well over 1,500 cards checklisted, the 1925 Lou Gehrig is the most valuable Exhibit baseball card, and this can only be one of the most attractive specimens known of what is easily the most important of all the Exhibit baseball cards - and one of the most valuable of all the hobby's rookie cards.  

Beautiful 1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig (HOF RC) - PSA VG 3 (MK)Beautiful 1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig (HOF RC) - PSA VG 3 (MK)
Beautiful 1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig (HOF RC) - PSA VG 3 (MK)
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $25,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $195,406
Number Bids: 26
Auction closed on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
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