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1947 Babe Ruth Signed Letter Regarding The Babe Ruth Story PSA/DNA MINT 9

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,525

All Babe Ruth letters are extremely rare (Ruth was not much for writing letters), but to find one with significant content, and with a direct connection to his life story and his role in documenting it, is extraordinary. The fact that it has a perfect formal "George H. Ruth" signature is also extraordinary. One-page typed letter, dated June 18, 1947, signed by Babe Ruth. In Ruth’s letter, typed on his personal stationery, he writes to book publisher E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., and makes note of a small mistake in the contract for his autobiography. In full: Gentleman: The contract between your firm, Robert Considine and myself provides in paragraph 15 that moneys payable under the provisions of paragraphs 6 and 7 shall be payable 75% to me and 25% to Robert Considine. Through an oversight there was not excepted from this provision the sum of $250 to be paid by you under the provisions of sub-paragraph (g) of section 6. Will you please make this payment of $250 to Mr. Considine. Very truly yours, George H. Ruth [signed]. Ruth’s signature has been flawlessly scripted in black ink and has been graded MINT 9 by PSA/DNA. Ruth’s autobiography, which would be published in 1948 under the title The Babe Ruth Story, is the only account of Ruth's life authorized by him, and one of baseball literature's classics. Interestingly, Robert Edward Auctions sold the original publishing contract between Ruth, Considine, and E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., in our 2007 auction (Lot 700). That contract was also dated June 18, 1947, the same day as this letter. It seems almost certain, then, that this letter originally accompanied that contract when it was returned to the publisher. Ruth was ill at the time this document was signed and he would pass away the following year. The Babe Ruth Story was the last major project of his life and, fittingly, Ruth dedicated the book to “the kids of America.” The Babe Ruth Story later received the Golden Book award and earned a Golden Scroll award for the publishers. The letter (7.5 x 10.5 inches) displays one vertical and three horizontal folds, a few minor creases, and a small stain in the area of (but not affecting) Ruth’s signature. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,525

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