Graded PSA 8
One of the most important and elusive signatures in the hobby, anything signed by Lou Gehrig will always demand serious interest and value. To that end, we are proud to offer this gorgeous photograph signed by the Iron Horse, and his Yankee teammate Joe DiMaggio. This original 7x9 Associated Press photograph from March, 1937, was taken at spring training and features a playful Gehrig leaping over the outstretched bat of DiMaggio. Crystal clear with perfect contrast, this is one of the most special baseball images we’ve ever seen - perfectly captured, frozen in time.
To go along with the incredible image, both Hall of Famers have autographed the photo in flowing black fountain pen. Both inscribed, Gehrig has penned his signature “To Harry – With Kindest Personal Regards”, while DiMaggio simply writes “Sincerely”. Gehrig and DiMaggio’s signatures have been graded Near Mint – Mint 8 and Mint 9 respectively by PSA/DNA.
Photos signed by Gehrig should be considered especially rare! On the rare occasion they are offered for sale, they are immediately snatched by demanding collectors.
Following Babe Ruth’s departure from the Bronx after the 1934 season, the Yankees were officially Gehrig’s, as he was officially named team captain in 1935. And, much like Gehrig being called up in the early-mid 1920’s, the Yankees had the perfect sidekick for Gehrig in centerfielder Joe DiMaggio, who was called up in 1936. It truly was the perfect passing of the torch – Ruth to Gehrig, Gehrig to DiMaggio.
Of course, Gehrig’s career was cut short as he battled and ultimately succumbed to ALS, but the Gehrig and DiMaggio led Yankees still won three World Series Titles from 1936-1938. However, because of the short time they played together, it is incredibly rare to have these two Hall of Famer’s signatures on the same item, especially a photo – a significantly scarcer autograph duo than Ruth and Gehrig.
Although the career overlap as Major League teammates only lasted a few years, Joe DiMaggio always claimed that Lou Gehrig was “one of a kind” and that no one will be the equal of the Iron Horse. Those are powerful words from DiMaggio, who always considered himself “The Greatest Living Yankee”, but that just shows how truly special Lou Gehrig was!
Additionally the photo has been signed by Paul Krichell, the famous Yankee scout responsible for the Yankees acquiring Gehrig. Considered one of the greatest scouts in Major League history, Paul Krichell was an integral part in building up the Yankees' run of success from the 1920s to the 1950s. Yankee manager Ed Barrow even called Krichell "the best judge of baseball players he ever saw". In addition to Gehrig, Krichell signed over 200 players who later played professional baseball, including future Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Greenberg, Phil Rizzuto, Whitey Ford, and Tony Lazzeri. His recommendation of Stengel as the Yankees manager was instrumental in Stengel's appointment in 1948.
All signatures have been authenticated and graded by PSA/DNA (Gehrig, 8; DiMaggio, 9; Krichell, 7) for an overall assessment of Near Mint – Mint 8.
An incredible piece of baseball history – comes with a full Letter of Authenticity from PSA
Comes with a Letter of Authenticity from PSA
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