Lou Gehrig Signed Game-Used Bat Comes to Auction
Another significant game-used piece has been added to Heritage Auctions’ Winter Platinum Night Catalog Auction Feb. 25-26: a circa 1926-27 game-used and signed Lou Gehrig bat, designated a PSA/DNA GU 10.
In February 2020, Heritage sold one of the earliest known Gehrig game bats for $1.025 million. That one, however, did not include Gehrig’s signature.
The bat comes with full letters of authenticity for the signature from Steve Grad at Beckett, Kevin Keating at PSA/DNA and James Spence. According to Heritage, the signature “was also subjected to scientific analysis by a laboratory called “Microtrace” which undertook a microscopic review of the signature, finding ancient sandpaper grit where the bat’s varnish was removed to provide the autograph with a more conducive surface, and assessing the ink as “iron gall,” the most common format utilized during the 1920s.”
With bidding open, the bat already had surpassed more than a quarter million dollars.
Other game bats in the auction include lumber swung by Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. among others.