Lot # 776: 1936 V355 World Wide Gum #96 Lou Gehrig

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 18 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2017",
which ran from 10/6/2017 2:00 PM to
10/29/2017 12:00 PM

Graded VG+ 45 by SGC. Extremely attractive example of one of the key cards from the 1936 V355 World Wide Gum set, featuring Lou Gehrig on his final card issued during his playing days. This is one of Gehrig's rarest and most distinctive 1930s cards. This V355 Lou Gehrig example is extremely bright and clean, both front and back, with even wear on the corners, a flawless image, and centered towards the top right. The black text on the reverse is crisp, bold, and essentially flawless. The V355 is one of Gehrig's most significant and desirable cards. It is, in fact, his last traditional baseball card issued with bubble gum (as opposed to the few later Gehrig cards that were issued by Wheaties and Exhibit). We're not sure why this card has not received more attention from collectors and does not list for a higher price. It may simply be that it is extremely rare! In our experience, the V355 Gehrig may be even rarer than the V355 DiMaggio rookie card (and the population reports for both PSA and SGC are supportive of this observation: to date 27 DiMaggios and only 19 Gehrigs have been graded by PSA, and 20 DiMaggios and 15 Gehrigs have been graded by SGC; small numbers for each but we think statistically significant). In fact, this is only the second V355 Gehrig we have ever offered as a single lot (in years past we have offered two near-complete sets, each of which included a much lower-grade Gehrig, one in Good condition, the other in Pr). This is a superb example of one of Lou Gehrig’s most significant cards: his final card from his playing days. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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