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Lot # 658 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1931 Babe Ruth Single-Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $8,812.50

This outstanding single-signed Babe Ruth baseball is new to the organized collecting world. It has been carefully saved as a keepsake by its original owner, who has had the ball in his possession for the past sixty-eight years, and is accompanied by both its original box and a letter of provenance from the consignor in which he details the circumstances of how he obtained it. The Spalding “Babe Ruth Home Run Special” baseball is signed “Babe Ruth” in blue fountain pen (grading “7”) across the sweet spot. The ball has been very well preserved, having been stored in its original box all these years, and displays only a little light soiling. It is in overall Excellent condition with all of the manufacturer’s stampings perfectly clear and legible. The original box displays heavy wear and is missing the top lid, but is otherwise intact, and the Ruth portrait on the side panel makes the box particularly ideal for display with the ball. The accompanying letter reads in part: “I am pleased to share with you the story of my Babe Ruth baseball in its original box, signed by Babe Ruth: It was presented by a childless friend of my father’s to him for safekeeping for me on the day I was born in New Jersey, May 29, 1931. My dad actually gave me the ball when I came home from my first Yankee baseball game in 1939. Needless to say, it wasn’t terribly meaningful to me at the age, so it was stored in the attic. I retrieved it when I came home from the Korean War in 1954 and got married. My current wife, Carolyn, and I have kept the ball in our safe for our 30 years of marriage and we feel now is the time to let someone else enjoy it.” This is a magnificent single-signed Ruth ball of uncommon quality and provenance which would be an ideal example for many types of collections. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4000. SOLD FOR $8,812.50

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