Game-Worn Lou Gehrig Cap Hammers Pre-Auction Estimates


Imagine putting this piece of history on your head and taking the field for a little BP and infield practice…

Lou Gehrig did.

This Yankees cap, worn by Gehrig circa 1929-32, sold for $312,000 in Heritage Auctions’ 2019 February 23-24 Platinum Sports Auction Dallas, far exceeding pre-auction estimates.

The cap, a serious piece of baseball history that came with MEARS authentication, was part of The Lou Gehrig Collection which featured several lots of Gehrig items. Pre-auction estimates placed the value at $200,000.

The Lou Gehrig Collection was a featured part of the Platinum Sports Auction.

After 22 bids, the cap sold February 23.

“Any uniform piece worn by Lou Gehrig is going to carry enormous collecting appeal,” Heritage Director of Sports Auctions Chris Ivy told Beckett Vintage Collector. “But the ironclad provenance of a cap from Gehrig’s personal collection, the spectacular condition, and the wide press coverage of the collection all converge to account for the world record price. The collection outperformed our rather aggressive pre-auction estimates, so all parties are very pleased with the results.”

The April, 2019 issue of Beckett Vintage Collector will have more coverage of the Lou Gehrig Collection, with visuals of a Christmas card sent to Gehrig from Babe Ruth and the earliest known photograph of Gehrig as an infant.

Look for it in hobby shops March 13.


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