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Lot # 696 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1945 Babe Ruth Handwritten Postcard

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,525.00

While Ruth signed his name thousands of times over the years for admiring fans, handwritten letters and postcards are virtually nonexistent. Presented is an exceptionally rare handwritten and signed postcard, circa 1945, from Babe Ruth to a friend in New York City. This postcard originates from the family of Charlie Weber, who owned a butcher shop in Bronxville, New York. Weber became introduced to many of New York’s baseball fraternity through his daughter, who in 1933 married Giants pitcher Jack Salveson. Following that fortuitous union, Weber soon became good friends with Babe Ruth. Weber’s obituary, in 1973, even made note of their friendship: “Baseball standout Babe Ruth often spent many an hour in the back of Weber’s market spinning tales to a captivated audience. The twosome often bowled together and Ruth was a frequent visitor at the cattle farm which Mr. Weber owned during World War II.” The offered postcard finds Ruth dropping a note to Weber during a trip to Mexico. It reads in full: “Plane rid [sic] to Acapulco over the weekend best fishing in the world. Caught seven sailfish and beautiful sunburn expect to be home first of the month – Regards to all – Babe.” The card is addressed (also in Ruth’s hand) to “Charles Weber – Weber’s Market – Bronxville, N. Y. USA.” Both the text and Ruth’s signature have been boldly scripted in black ink and grade “9/10.” The postmark from Mexico is difficult to read, but the date appears to be May 27, 1945. The front of the postcard pictures the “Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico.” The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) displays light wear and minor toning along the edges, which do not detract from its overall Excellent appearance. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,525.00

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