August Live 2014
Absentee bidding for this session ends on 7/31/2014 at 7:00 PM EST.
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Oh, the injustice.
In 1930, Gehrig surpassed Ruth in the stat columns for games, at-bats, hits, doubles, triples, RBI, stolen bases, batting average and total bases. And yet, it was Babe who always managed to steal the spotlight, Babe who earned a higher salary in 1930 than President Hoover and cavalierly defended it by quipping, "I had a better year than he did." Too bad that argument didn't hold water when it came to Gehrig, whose two-week take-home pay seen here ($2,298.12) was less than a measly third of what Ruth garnered on one of his own 1930 checks ($7,345.31) that we auctioned a few years back. Harrumph. Equal pay for equal work, indeed! Lou was the Lilly Ledbetter of his day.
Case in point: Although he got off to a slow start during this pay period, the Iron Horse suddenly went gangbusters from June 7th to 15th, belting 6 homers and 5 doubles over the course of 9 back-to-back games. Babe during the same stretch? A trio apiece of round-trippers and two-baggers. Why, the outrage should've been enough to prompt an Occupy Yankee Stadium encampment. Lou is the 99%! Lou is the 99%!
But alas, we digress. The EX/MT check, measuring 3-1/4" x 8-7/8", is fully intact with only slight toning and minor evidence of handling such as mild wrinkling and light fold marks—all of which is customary and expected for cancelled bank checks. It is made out to and endorsed by "Henry Louis Gehrig." The bold black-fountain-pen signature rates "9" in strength except for evident smudging on the "He" and a skip on the "G". Meanwhile, the signatures of Jacob Ruppert and Ed Barrow are powerfully authoritative "10" examples. (They evidently couldn't afford to give Gehrig the primo pen nibs from the executive suite.) Encapsulated with Gehrig's autograph assessed as "Authentic" by PSA/DNA.
1930 Lou Gehrig Signed New York Yankees Payroll Check - PSA/DNA Authentic
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