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Spectacular 1939 Babe Ruth Signed New York World's Fair Laurel Card (Graded GEM MINT 10 By PSA/DNA)
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $5,287.50
Babe Ruth ("10") has flawlessly signed this 1939 World's Fair Laurel Card, which was issued by the Academy of Sport, in black ink. The Ruth signature has been graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA/DNA. These cards were presented to each student who attended the daily sports clinics sponsored by the Academy of Sport at the 1939 World's Fair. The clinics featured many famous sports personalities of the day, who volunteered their time to instruct youngsters on the finer points of the game, and routinely signed these souvenir cards for attendees. The card has been filled out in the recipient's name and is in Near Mint condition overall. It would be hard to imagine a more impressive Ruth signature. This spectacular Ruth signed Laurel card was long ago part of Barry Halper's collection. It appeared in the famous 1999 Halper auction as lot #1170 and at that time sold for $3,450. Barry always felt this was possibly the single finest of the literally hundreds of Ruth signatures in his collection, so when it became available for sale and was offered to him a couple years later, Barry couldn't resist and bought it! This is a simply extraordinary example, which would be a highlight Ruth signed item in any collection. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $5,287.50
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