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Gehrig tried to trade what baseball card?

Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright star in this

Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright star in this poignant and heart-warming film of one of the greatest Yankees, Lou Gehrig, in "The Pride of the Yankees." Photo Credit: Newsday File Photo

The worst card-trade proposal in history unfolds in the opening scene of the 1942 movie, "Pride of the Yankees," in which young Lou Gehrig tries to bribe his way into a sandlot baseball game.

"I have some Sweet Caporal baseball cards," Gehrig offers. But the bullying catcher scoffs at the five big-name players Lou offered. Sweet Caporal was a tobacco brand, and one of the players named was Honus Wagner. Yes, it was that Honus Wagner card.

A Long Island family sold one with the same Sweet Caporal back for $704,500 at an estate sale in 2008.


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