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Extraordinary Babe Ruth Single-Signed Baseball with Original-Owner Provenance
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $23,200.00
Tremendous previously unknown example of one of the most desirable icons in the world of collecting: a Babe Ruth single-signed baseball. A Babe Ruth signed baseball is one of the few items with an appeal so universal that it transcends all areas of collecting. It is a classic, a standard, and a worthy centerpiece to even the most advanced collection. Offered is a simply outstanding high-grade example of this collecting classic. It is an ideal Ruth single, signed on an Official American League (Harridge) baseball, and in a grade (both in terms of the ball and the signature) which qualifies it as one of the finest Babe Ruth single-signed baseballs we have ever handled. In addition to being an ideal Ruth single, this ball is an all the greater and more significant example in that it is accompanied with a rarely seen provenance directly from its original owner. This ball has been consigned directly from an eighty-one-year-old gentleman who grew up in New York and who obtained this ball directly from Ruth. He has graciously written a fascinating signed letter detailing the history of the ball which accompanies. He writes in part: I grew up in Yonkers, NY. One of our neighbors was a Mr. Lenz. Before there was a loud speaker system for announcements to the crowd he would walk around the field with a large megaphone and make note of whatever was of interest to we in the stands. Mr. Lenz was a friend of the Babe and the rest of the team. It was with his help that the Babe signed and gave me the ball which you now have. The ball has never been played with because it was so valued by me. It has been kept in a drawer ever since. The ball's condition reflects that reverent care. Few single-signed Babe Ruth balls have been saved and preserved with such great care as this example. Ruth's black fountain pen signature occupies its customary place upon the sweet spot and grades a solid "8." The creamy toned sphere displays only the lightest hint of toning as well as a few light surface marks from handling. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain extremely bold and distinct. The ball is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. This is an extremely clean, high-grade single-signed Babe Ruth ball, an outstanding example that is one of the finest that we have ever handled and which, ideally, is accompanied by the provenance of having remained in the possession of the original recipient until this time. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $23,200.00
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