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1933 R333 DeLong #7 Lou Gehrig - SGC NM+ 86

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $12,925

Graded NM+ 86 by SGC. Only example graded at this level by SGC with just three graded higher. Offered is an extraordinary high grade example of this classic Lou Gehrig card. This is one of Gehrig's rarest 1930s cards and the key card to the DeLong Gum set. Gehrig, of course, is not just the highlight of the DeLong Gum set; it is one of the highlights of all Lou Gehrig cards and all 1930s gum cards. DeLongs have always been highly appreciated by advanced collectors. The small number of cards in the set, their relative scarcity compared to most others card sets of the era, their unique dimensions, design, and the fact that they were only a one-year issue all combine to give DeLongs a special mystique. This R333 DeLong Lou Gehrig example is extremely bright and clean, both front and back, with sharp corners showing just the slightest hint of wear at the extreme tips. Gehrig’s flawless image contrasts sharply against the striking colorful background. Centered slightly towards the top left (approximately 35/65 L/R and 40/60 T/B). The black text on the reverse is crisp, bold, and essentially flawless. The back is centered slightly to the left. The R333 is one of Gehrig's most popular and desirable cards, and one of the most famous and majestic cards in the collecting world. The R333 Gehrig is also far rarer than Gehrig's 1933 Goudey counterparts, especially in high grade. Due to this far greater rarity, we have always thought the DeLong of Gehrig represented a particularly exceptional value among all Lou Gehrig cards. This is an extremely attractive ultra high-grade example of one of Gehrig's most classic cards. The equivalent SMR value is $12,000. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $12,925

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