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Lot # 701 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1947 Unique Babe Ruth Signed Letter to "Babe"

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,818.75

Three-page letter written to Babe Ruth (penned upon three sides of a single fold-over sheet), signed by Ruth along the bottom of the last page. The letter, dated March 14, 1947, was written by Reverend Edmund F. Babe in request for a special autograph inscription: Dear ‘Babe,’ Permit me to express my hopes and prayers for your speedy recovery to full health and strength again soon. Since I was a young boy I have been an admirer of yours, partly because of my interest in baseball, and also because my last name is ‘Babe,’ believe it or not! For over 15 years one of my hobbies has been the collecting of autographs of famous persons in the world of politics, sport and entertainment field…so I am writing to ask if you would be so kind to send me in the enclosed envelope your signature ascribed as follows: ‘to Babe from Babe Ruth.’” In order to make the letter more visually appealing the reverend then affixed a small portrait photo of Ruth after his signature. Ruth, as he normally always did, complied with the reverend’s special request and inscribed the letter “To Babe From Babe Ruth” along the bottom of the third page. Ruth’s blue fountain pen inscription is extremely bold and grades a strong “9” overall. This is a most unusual and extremely interesting Ruth signed item, and one that is naturally almost certainly unique. The letter (4 x 5 inches, folded) displays an additional horizontal fold line and two small areas of discoloration (not affecting Ruth’s signature). In Very Good to Excellent condition. Included with the letter is the original self-addressed return envelope (5 x 4 inches), postmarked March 23, 1947, from New York (Gd-Vg). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,818.75

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