Exceptional glossy 7 x 9 photo of Lou Gehrig with sportswriter Jeff Lyon at a 1938 spring training exhibition game at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, South Carolina, signed across his legs in fountain pen, “Best Wishes, Lou Gehrig.” Includes the original 5 x 7 negative from which the photo was developed. Matted and framed together to an overall size of 11.25 x 21.25, with a glass back so that the negative can be viewed; the image is sharp enough for the brand of Gehrig’s facsimile signature on the barrel of his bat to be perceived. In fine condition, with trivial chipping to edges. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA, a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA, and a copy of a tribute to Gehrig written by Lyon and published in the September 7, 1995, issue of the New Jersey Herald, describing the encounters that resulted in this signed photograph. In part: “I met and chatted not once but twice with Lou Gehrig…That was no mean feat for an unknown young sportswriter from an unknown paper up in Binghamton…in the spring of 1938…it was decided…to cover spring training of the local Eastern League team. That’s how this writer happened to be in Spartanburg, SC, when the Yankees stopped off for an exhibition game with their farmhands…I persuaded the photographer from the Spartanburg paper to pop a picture if I could get the famous star to hold still for it when I visited the dugouts to get my line-ups for the day…I finally asked the great man if he’d pose. He didn’t seem to mind at all…and I did have my official scorer’s book under my arm so he knew I was there on business. Later on in the summer, the Yankees came up to Binghamton for another exhibition with their farm team which led to my second brief chat with ‘Larrupin’ Lou.’ I stuck the picture under his nose and politely asked if he’d mind autographing it. He graciously complied, said something like, ‘Good picture,’ and left the dugout for his turn in the batter’s cage.”
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Clean pencil signature, “L. Gehrig,” on an off-white 2.25 x 1.25 slip. In fine condition, with closely cropped edges. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Fantastic pencil signature, “Lou Gehrig,” on an off-white 3 x 4 card. In fine condition. An exemplary Iron Horse signature. 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.
Sensational and extremely desirable official Jim Kelly League baseball signed in black fountain pen on the sweet spot. In very good condition, with a slight brush to first name of Ruth’s signature, a uniform shade of overall toning, with a few areas of heavier toning, mainly to panel underneath Ruth’s signature, with a few small spots lightly affecting Ruth’s signature. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the grandson of Butch ‘Waldo’ Zander, who originally obtained the signatures as a pitcher for the Dayton Yellow Jackets in 1928, during his MVP amateur season. Letter reads, in part: “On September 14th, 1928…the National Baseball Federation presented Waldo Zander with the MVP award…In attendance was Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig who congratulated him on his performance and signed his game ball.” Also accompanied by a letter of authenticity from James Spence. Undoubtedly the most sought-after double-signed combination in baseball, with exceptional provenance from the heyday of Murderer’s Row. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.