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Lot # 871 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1932 Babe Ruth Signed Chemical Bank Deposit Slip

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,231.25

Bank deposit slip for the Chemical Bank & Trust Company, dated October 7, 1932, signed by Babe Ruth as the depositor. Even Babe Ruth had to go to the bank to deposit his checks! Ruth has signed his name in black fountain pen along the top, “Geo. H. Ruth,” with the signature grading “10.” The bank slip records the deposit of checks totaling $2,969.82 and has been stamped as being received by the teller. Many Chemical Bank Ruth checks exist and they are a staple of the market, but we have never seen another Chemical Bank deposit slip signed by Ruth. While this is a most unusual Ruth signed item, its greatest significance may lie in the date. This slip is dated just one week after the 1932 World Series between the Yankees and Cubs. It was in that Series that Ruth hit what is perhaps the most famous home run in baseball history: his “called shot” off of pitcher Charlie Root in Game 3 in Chicago. It is possible that this deposit represents a portion of his winner’s share ($5,231.77) from the Series, or perhaps his final 1932 regular-season paycheck from the Yankees. At the very least, the bank deposit slip features a remarkably bold and bright Ruth signature penned just days after the what is perhaps the most significant moment of his legendary career. The slip (3.5 x 5.5 inches) is slightly toned and has a tiny chip in the upper left corner, otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,231.25

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