Lou Gehrig
(b. June 19, 1903 - d. June 2, 1941)
"The Iron Horse", Lou Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games before Cal Ripken eclipsed the mark in 19XX. Usually batting cleanup behind Babe Ruth, Gehrig knocked 46 home runs and set the AL record for RBI with 184 in 1931. He had more than 40 home runs in five seasons, more than 150 RBI in seven seasons, and a.600 slugging percentage in nine seasons. "Columbia Lou" had a .632 career slugging percentage, a .340 batting average, 493 home runs, 1,990 RBI, and 1,888 runs scored. Although fatally ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in 1939 he bid farewell to 61,000 fans at Yankee Stadium by saying "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." The waiting period for the Hall of Fame was waived and he was admitted the same year.
Inducted in 1939
1973 U.S. Playing Cards Lou Gehrig PSA 10 GEM MT
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Comments: In August, 1999 I picked up a tribute card of Lou Gehrig - a 1960 Fleer PSA 8 on eBay. In March, 2003 I purchased the PSA 10 1973 US Playing card as an "upgrade". It was another placeholder until I found the right 1934 Goudey #37, an issue contemporary to his career. It's a classic image of the Iron Man. They come up all the time so I'm not eager to buy the first one. I look for copies at shows, and they're ugly or overpriced. And, for some reason I've lost on every attempt at a decent affordable example in online bidding. It's the one player in the entire collection that has gathered a sort of mystique for me. I want it to be a special purchase, perhaps a card I could see in person before purchase, but I also don't want to overpay. I've been outbid on several examples in many different auctions. Most recently, I saw a gorgeous SGC 30 example (which looked EX) at the Hunt Auctions booth National 2011 show. It was exactly what I wanted, it was mine…..centered, great color and hopefully affordable. I went as high as I could but it ended up selling to another buyer for a VG-EX price. This is just one of many similar stories. I can't seem to buy a nice example for the right price. Ten years…..and I'm still waiting!
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Year(s): 1973
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Set Name: U.S. Playing Cards
Country: United States