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1929 Star Player Candy #32 Lou Gehrig

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,700

Graded GOOD 30 by SGC (submitted by REA). Extremely rare candy card of Lou Gehrig from one of the few issues dating from the late 1920s. Although the manufacturer is not identified, advanced collectors have always referred to it as the Star Player Candy set. The extraordinary discovery of unopened packs and a Dockman's "Headliners & Gum" box offered in REA's 2009 auction revealed that the manufacturer of this rare issue is John H. Dockman & Sons. Unlike the 1928 Star Player Candy cards (which are blank-backed), the reverse of the 1929 cards have a short biography and a card number in the upper left corner. The sepia-toned cards measure 1-7/8 x 2-7/8 inches, and are printed on thin stock. The player's name is printed below the image without a team designation. At this point in time only three players from the 1929 Star Player Candy series are known and have been checklisted in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards: #21 Babe Ruth, 32 Lou Gehrig, and Walter Johnson. Collectors have always appreciated this rare and distinctive candy issue, and some have suggested that based on its year of issue, perhaps this set should have always been catalogued an "E" card set. Bright and clean, the card is accurately graded due to creasing in the top corners and horizontally near Gehrig's name. Gehrig is pictured in a crisp, swing-through batting pose. The reverse is boldly printed. Of special note, the offered card is new to the modern collecting world. Though not a vintage-card collector, our consignor has saved this rarity since the 1970s when he acquired it as a youngster as part of door-to-door antique buying trips with his father. This is an extremely rare Lou Gehrig card from this unusual candy issue.

SOLD FOR $2,700

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