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Lot # 53: 1939 Lou Gehrig, "Yankees Slugger Announces Retirement" Poignant Photo with Joe McCarthy

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 21 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "May Collectors Auction 2024",
which ran from 4/27/2024 8:00 PM to
5/11/2024 8:00 PM

1939 Extremely rare and poignant photograph of Lou Gehrig as he had just announced his retirement from the game of baseball and that he was dying from a rare disease! The offered image from Underwood and Underwood shows Gehrig putting on a brave face in full uniform with manager Joe McCarthy and enjoying a final chat in the dugout before a game. Likely taken on June 21, 1939 this is a bold and beautiful example and one of the more historically significant pieces of Gehrig photography we have ever handled. There is some editorial marks and painting from news room use, but this is stamped on the back by the photographer and clearly original to 1939. This will get a Type 1 from PSA guaranteed! There is a bit of handling wear from news-room use and a small rip at the bottom, but it looks great overall.

Size: 8x10
Designation: Vintage 1
Condition: 4/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Grade: 9/10

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