Hottest Card in the Hobby?

1925 Exhibit Gehrig Front

Few cards in the hobby are better examples of a “hot card” than the 1925 Exhibit Lou Gehrig.  Throughout the “rookie card craze,” the Gehrig RC remained an underrated card, certainly expensive relative to some of Gehrig’s contemporaries but not in comparison with other players of his great stature.  In recent years, however, collectors have become more appreciative of Exhibits in general, and demand for the card has skyrocketed, with an example graded GOOD 30 by SGC eclipsing the $30,000 mark last summer, a PSA VG 3 example reaching $60,000 in January and a higher-grade example topping the $100,000 mark just a few weeks ago.  The card breaks records each time a new example hits the hobby.

The growth is, of course, with good reason: Lou Gehrig is one of the most popular players ever to set foot on a baseball field, and is certainly one of the greatest of all-time.  His legend has only increased with the years, and values of Gehrig memorabilia has begin to take its rightful place among the most valuable of all baseball collectibles.  It was, after all, just two years ago that a Gehrig game-used bat attracted considerable attention in the media and ultimately sold for the record price of $437,000 right in a Love of the Game auction.  Unquestionably, the demand for quality Gehrig-related material continues to rise dramatically as hobbyists continue to seek out the finest material from the game’s all-time greats.

Graded VG 40 by SGC, this example boasts less surface wear than similarly-graded examples that have recently sold, along with a clear, well-contrasted image.  Corners are evenly rounded, with some moderate creasing at the very lower-right corner.  Some foxing and age-related toning is evident, but nothing that would distract from the card’s overall eye appeal within the grade.  A strong, high-quality card, one of the hobby’s most desirable, finally taking its place among the hobby’s most elite cards.

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