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Extraordinary Babe Ruth Signed 1939 First-Day Cover
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $5,875.00
Barry Halper held Ruth's signature in high esteem, and even though his collection once boasted the largest assemblage of Ruth signed pieces ever amassed, he never once took any of those items for granted. Offered here is one of the most classic Ruth signed pieces from Barry's collection, and one that he chose to keep for display: a 1939 Hall of Fame first-day cover signed on the front by Babe Ruth. The display value of these signed 1939 first-day covers is always predicated on the strength of the signature, and in this case Ruth has once again “hit a home run.” The Babe has flawlessly signed in blue fountain pen (“10”) along the left edge of the envelope, where it contrasts perfectly against the light background. The envelope, stamped “First Day of Issue” and postmarked “Cooperstown, N. Y., Jun 12, 1939,” is addressed to a Mr. William R. Frantz of Port Carbon, Pennsylvania. It is interesting to note the two “X” marks written in pencil on either side of Ruth’s signature. This envelope was obviously sent to Ruth for his signature, with the two “X” marks indicating the boundaries of the area in which the collector wanted him to sign. As an autograph collector extraordinaire this little subtlety was surely noticed, and appreciated, by Barry. The first-day cover has been handsomely matted and framed together with an original vintage black-and-white photo (6.75 x 9 inches) of Ruth in uniform. The photo has been framed in such a manner that a small section of the reverse of the photo is visible when the back of the frame is viewed. That view allows the stamped name of the photographer (“Hal McAlpin”) to be read. The envelope (6.75 x 3.75 inches) has a very small and insignificant vertical tear at the top border (of no consequence and mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy) and is otherwise in Excellent condition. The photograph displays a few tiny surface wrinkles (most of which are visible only at certain angles) and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Total dimensions: 15.75 x 23.25 inches. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $5,875.00
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