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Earliest Gehrig Signature Up for Grabs

The auction conducted by Imperial Sports are usually filled with good stuff, but the Feb. 21-March 10 auction is loaded, led by the earliest known example of a signature by Lou Gehrig.
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Imperial Sports Auctions of Helotes Texas, is proud to offer the earliest known signature of Henry (Lou) Gehrig as part of its Vintage Rarities III online auction that opens Feb. 21 and closes March 10.

Signed “Henry Gehrig January 1917,” this remarkable antiquity presents an opportunity for advanced collectors to secure an amazing piece of memorabilia for their collection.

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An excerpt from the item description remarks, “Our featured offering tells a story of two classmates from a Manhattan public grammar school. From 1908 through 1917, Henry Gehrig attended grammar school at the Fort Washington PS 132. By many accounts he was known as an average student. His fellow classmate, Percival Singerman, while not on the merit list for attendance, excelled in academics. On Percival’s graduation day January 31, 1917, these two convened and Gehrig shared his penning in this black titled ‘Autograph’ book along with several other classmates.”

The storied history and provenance for this lot is remarkable. It has remained in the family for nearly a century until now. The consignor of this lot is the son of the young boy who received Gehrig’s signature, along with several other classmates in January 1917. A notarized Letter of Provenance from our consignor, along with additional supporting documentation from the Fort Washington PS 132 school also accompanies this lot.

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