Legends December 2008
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The exquisite detail in this Lou Gehrig drawing has a photographic quality about it. The artist—Ferruccio "Fergus" Panepinto—showcases with impressive precision the detail in Gehrig's countenance. Patterned after the famed Charles Conlon photograph of a smiling Gehrig, Panepinto managed to perfectly capture the "Iron Horse." In this rendering, the lighting marvelously moves from the shade provided by the Hall of Famer's cap and face to the brighter effect of an unseen sun as it shines on the left side of Gehrig's visage. The artist, although his body of work may not be widely recognized, was still an expert in capturing the intricacies of Gehrig's physical features. One would imagine that the Hall of Famer himself was impressed when the artist presented him with the detailed sketch offered here and requested a signature. In black ink, Gehrig has neatly penned "To Fergus / With Kindest / Personal Regards - / Lou Gehrig." His penmanship rates "9" strength and clarity, while the 9-5/8" x 12-1/4" page presents at the apparent NM level. (The sketch has been affixed to a larger, 13-1/8" x 17" piece of cardstock.) The artist has also signed and dated the example "1935," with penmanship on the reverse of an accompanying section of cardstock describing the events leading up to the autograph encounter. The carefully penciled notation reads in full, "Pa. Academy of Fine Arts. Phila. / Ferruccio "Fergis" Panepinto / Personal Autograph & discussion with / LOU GEHRIG & room-mate BILL DICKEY, catcher. / Ben Franklin Hotel 3rd floor. About 10:30 A.M. / 1935 . Scheduled to play 1:30 PM / late Spring Day / N.Y. Yankees vs. Phila. Athletics / Shibe Park / Phila." A sticker on the reverse reads "P Christie" while a James Spence Authentication sticker is affixed to back of the cardboard, as well. Full LOA from JSA. LOA from PSA DNA.
Lou Gehrig 1935 Signed Original Sketch - Personalized to the Artist!
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