July 17th, 2019 Summer Games (#52)
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This lot is closed. Bidding ended on 7/18/2019.
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were on opposite sides during their 1927-1928 Barnstorming tour to put on some of the most star-studded exhibition matches in baseball history. The Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lou's was the brainchild of Christy Walsh, who was Ruth and Gehrig's longtime agent. In 1927, Walsh, in order to capitalize on the excitement generated by the duo's season-long home-run duel, arranged to have the pair tour the country right after the World Series. The tour, heralded as "Ruth vs. Gehrig - The Battle For The Home Run Title Continues," began in New York and made its way across the country, ending in California. Spalding manufactured ONL Gear baseball. Ruth signed the sweet spot in black ink and in our opinion the signature rates a 7. Gehrig signed on the North panel in a rare variation as “Louis Gehrig”with an inscription that reads “To my friend Anne from” and the date “Oct. 17, 1927” and in our opinion the signature rates a 6. There is writing on the West panel that has been obliterated. An incredibly rare offering of Gehrig signing as “Louis Gehrig” along with Ruth. accompanied by a Full LOA from JSA and PSA/DNA.
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,500
Price Realized: $12,545
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Thursday, July 18, 2019.
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