Dated 1929 portrait style photograph of Lou Gehrig from the New York Yankees, posed on the dugout steps at Yankee Stadium and smiling for the photographer. The image is the exact pose used to make his Old Gold cigarette advertisements and the photograph is almost certainly the image used to make his famous 1934 Goudey baseball card as well. While there are a few peripheral differences (his ear moved etc.) from the process of turning the photograph into a painting that would then fit onto a small baseball card, other aspects are 100% perfect and could not be replicated with simply "another shot." We reached out many other experts we know in the hobby to get their opinion on the image and the conclusion is that it is almost certainly the image used to make the famous baseball card as another more exact photograph is unknown to exist, and there are literally hundreds of facial points and lines that are exact matches. We feel confident in this assertion and the photograph will get a Type 1 from PSA (but it is unlikely with subtle differences that they will put that it is THE card image on the LOA). A deep and penetrating work of baseball art, the photo presents well with note to some remnants of artistic paint that has been professionally removed and a few light creases to go along with a chip to the upper left corner. Aesthetically this is one of the finest Gehrig images known to exist and taking the baseball card connection into account, this might be his greatest and most important photograph ever offered! A new discovery that is making it's debut here for the first time ever! Issued by Wide World Photos and stamped on the back, the photo also has two different 1928 dates from when it was taken and published.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 8/10