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Outstanding Circa 1940 Babe Ruth Single-Signed Baseball (PSA/DNA Graded 6.5)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $15,275
Goldsmith "Official 97 League" ball beautifully signed in black fountain pen across the sweet spot by Babe Ruth ("8"). Graded EX-MT+ 6.5 by PSA/DNA. It should be noted that PSA/DNA grades both the signature and the ball, and it is the combination of those two scores that determines the overall grade. For this particular ball, PSA/DNA graded the signature "8" and the ball "5," resulting in the final grade of 6.5. This is an outstanding high-grade Babe Ruth single-signed ball and one that would be a centerpiece for any high-quality single-signed baseball, Babe Ruth, or memorabilia collection. The signature is boldly scripted and the ball, though lightly toned, is in Excellent condition overall (all of the manufacturers' stampings remain bright and legible). Currently, the SMR does not publish values for Ruth balls grading 6.5; however, those grading 7.0 (just a half grade higher than the offered ball) list for $30,000. The Goldsmith "Official 97 League" ball was the official ball of the Southern Association and, as such, this ball features the facsimile signature of League president Trammell Scott on a side panel. Although our research has failed to discover the exact years in which Scott served as president of the league, it appears that his tenure was during the late 1930s/early 1940s, thus allowing for an approximate dating of the ball. A Babe Ruth single-signed baseball is one of the cornerstones of any significant collection and one would be hard pressed to find a finer example than the one offered here. In outstanding Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $15,275
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