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1934 Babe Ruth Signed Letter From A Fan

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $3,525.00

Extraordinary Babe Ruth signature example in the form of a one-page letter, written to Babe Ruth from a fan, signed by Ruth along the bottom. The handwritten letter, dated March 6, 1934, is a request to Ruth for his autograph and reads in full: “Dear Mr. Ruth, I collect the signatures of great and well known people. As you are well known it would give me great pleasure if you would send me yours. Please write your name on the bottom of this letter. I am, Respectfully yours, Alfred Kaiser – I thank you very much for your kindness.” Ruth, who was always obliging to his large fan base, honored Kaiser’s request by signing the letter “Sincerely Babe Ruth.” Ruth’s signature has been boldly penned in blue fountain pen and grades a magnificent “9/10.” At the time of this letter, Ruth was taking part in his last spring training with the Yankees. Ruth appeared in his final All-Star Game that summer and while his year-end numbers were more than respectable, a .288 average with twenty-two home runs and eighty-four RBI, they were a far cry from his totals of years past. The following spring the Yankees released the aging star. Lured by the false promise of a potential managing job, he played briefly with the Boston Braves in 1935 before hanging up his spikes for good. This is an exceptional signature example in that it is not just on a piece of paper, but is presented on a letter providing a rare, unusual, and ideal context. The letter (5.25 x 7 inches) bears a horizontal mailing fold. The stationery has been trimmed along the left border (no doubt exactly as it was sent to Ruth in 1934) and is otherwise in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $3,525.00

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