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Lot # 900: 1923 New York Yankees Team Photograph with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig - Gehrig's First Season in Pinstripes (PSA Type I)

Starting Bid: $500.00

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Item was in Auction "Late Fall Classic 2021",
which ran from 11/14/2021 7:00 PM to
12/11/2021 10:00 PM

Spectacular and rare original Type I 1923 New York Yankees team photo, including rookie Lou Gehrig. Fewer than five of these Type I photos are known to exist and nearly all, including this example, have originated from the Brown Brothers Photo Archive. The significance of the photo, of course, is the inclusion of Gehrig. The fabled “Iron Horse” joined the squad at age 19 midway through the 1923 season and appeared in just 13 games, making his appearance in this team photo even more extraordinary. This is one of the earliest known images of Gehrig as a member of the New York Yankees. Less formal than modern team shots, this image portrays the team nicely posed but with players looking in various directions (possibly at multiple cameras) as fans file into Yankee Stadium (newly opened that year) in the background. Though the Bronx Bombers won the 1923 World Series, the youthful Gehrig was left off the postseason roster, thus that year is not included in his six championships. Two “Brown Brothers” credit stamps appear on the reverse, as does the team’s name and year (written in pencil). The photo measures 7.25x4.25” and has been trimmed to its current dimensions, which has resulted in two players to the far right (one seated on the ground, the other standing next to Ruth) not being shown in this example (only half of the player seated in the middle remains). A small horizontal tear appears along the left border, but the clarity is exceptional and, most important, both Ruth and Gehrig are fully pictured. A fine example, with its rarity far outweighing its flaws. Culled from the legendary Brown Brothers Photo Archive. PSA encapsulated as Type I Authentic.

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