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Lot # 883 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Unique 1935 Babe Ruth Autographed Envelope - Postmarked "George" "Herman" "Ruth" "Ballclub" "Fame"!

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $7,637.50

Offered here is perhaps the single most unique and creative Babe Ruth signed item we have ever seen. Rarely does an item signed by Babe Ruth (or anyone else) have such a fascinating added dimension of interest as found with this item, or such an extraordinary visual presence. In the summer of 1935 an autograph collector by the name of C.O. Schallar of Tama, Iowa realized that Babe Ruth's first, middle, and last name each corresponded to the name of a U.S. town. He then had a single envelope postmarked from each of those three towns: George, Iowa; Herman, Minnesota; and Ruth, Michigan. Thus, the postmarks on the top of the envelope read, from left to right, George — Herman — Ruth. To ensure the proper placement of the cancellations he either had to go to these towns personally to have the letter postmarked with the proper placement, or, more likely, he sent the envelope under separate cover directly to each of the local postmasters, with special detailed written instructions and perhaps payment. Either way, a great deal of time, effort, and planning was required! He also continued the baseball theme by adding postmarks from Ballclub, Minnesota, and Fame, West Virginia. Ultimately, and presumably after he was finished with the postmarks, he managed to have Babe Ruth personally sign the cover with a magnificent blue fountain-pen signature on the front of the envelope amid the postmarks. Ruth's signature grades a perfect "10" and is prefaced by the salutation "Sincerely." The name and address of "C. O. Schallar — 124 W. 3rd. St. — Tama, Iowa" is typed on the front. This is certainly a unique Ruth signed item that would be a noteworthy highlight in many different types of collections and in any venue where it is displayed. The only other envelope we have ever seen postmarked in a similar manner resided in the Barry Halper Collection; however, Barry's envelope was a modern Babe Ruth first-day cover and was not signed by Ruth. While there is no way to know with certainty whether this is the only such postmarked envelope signed by Ruth, we would be surprised if another existed. In our opinion it is the most interesting Babe Ruth signed envelope, and one of the most interesting Babe Ruth signed items of any kind, we have ever seen. The envelope (6.5 x 3.5 inches) is in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $7,637.50


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