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1934 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Signed Same Panel Ball

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $9,987.50

Official American League (Harridge) ball was first signed by twenty members of the Boston Red Sox in 1934, and at a later date (probably when the Yankees came to town) was then boldly signed by Babe Ruth (9/10) and Lou Gehrig (9/10) on the same panel. It is extremely rare to see Ruth and Gehrig on the same panel, as it was almost always the case that Ruth signed the sweet spot, and Gehrig signed on a side panel. In this unusual case, Red Sox players had already taken the sweet spot and most of the side panels, so Ruth and Gehrig were left to sign on the only space available, flawlessly signing the same side panel in bold black fountain pen. This is the only Ruth/Gehrig ball we have ever seen with signatures on the same panel, and the only example Barry Halper ever saw as well. This is why Barry chose this ball as one of the few special examples to feature in his display cases. The Red Sox signatures are Lefty Grove (sweet spot), Rick Ferrell, Bucky Walters, Solters (clubhouse), Ostermueller, Rhodes, W. Ferrell, R. Johnson, Bishop, Werber, Cissell, Hinkle, Lary, H. Johnson, Walberg, Reynolds, Morgan, and three others we could not identify. These signatures are light and grade a 5/10 overall. The legend of “The Curse of the Bambino” gives the signing of this Red Sox team ball by Babe Ruth an additional dimension of interest. The ball is off-white with slightly faded stampings and grades Ex to Nr/Mt. LOA from James Spence/JSA. From the Barry Halper Collection. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $9,987.50

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