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Lot # 900 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extraordinary 1939 Babe Ruth Signed Baseball Centennial First-Day Cover

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $5,287.50

1939 Baseball Centennial first-day cover boldly signed in blue fountain pen (grading “10”) by Babe Ruth. This is a most extraordinary example of the most desirable signature in the hobby. Its “extraordinary” designation is due to the fact that the signature is pristine. Every stroke is remarkably bold and vibrant, and the signature figuratively “jumps off" of the Centennial first day cover envelope on which it appears. Ruth signatures of this magnitude are quite rare and are usually only found in the most advanced collections where they tend to gravitate. This example was no exception and has been consigned by a highly sophisticated longtime Ruth collector of note. Ideally, as perfect as the signature is, it is complimented by the inclusion of Ruth’s handwritten home address below his name (in Ruth's hand): “173 Riverside Drive – New York City – NY.” Like the signature, Ruth’s address is perfectly scripted, grading “10.” The envelope is postmarked “Cooperstown N. Y. – Jun 12 1939” and is stamped “First Day Of Issue.” The reverse also features a second “First Day of Issue” Centennial ink stamp. A small newspaper or magazine clipping of Ruth has been affixed to the front of the envelope, a portion of which covers the last three letters in “Drive.” The envelope (5.75 x 3.75 inches) has been long ago professionally laminated or sealed in plastic for preservation. Perhaps the plastic could be removed, but we see no reason to do so since this piece looks incredible as is; moreover, the sturdy plastic lamination or covering allows for easy handling like a card, and has obviously played a role in its perfect preservation. Aside from a small glue stain on the clipping, it is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $5,287.50


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