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Spectacular Circa 1927 Babe Ruth Single-Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $28,750.00

Absolutely stunning circa 1927 Babe Ruth single-signed ball features a virtually flawless Ruth signature ("9") in bold, crisp black fountain pen on a gorgeous ultra high-grade red and blue stitched Official American League (Barnard) baseball. The signature style, quotes surrounding "Babe" and the type of ball all identify this ball as being signed between the years 1927 and 1930. Not only is the signature an extremely large and virtually perfect example that can literally be read "across the room," the ball itself is in strong Near Mint condition. All manufacturer's stampings are absolutely perfect, crisp and bold, giving this ball an even more extraordinary visual appeal. On the panel above Ruth's signature, well away from the Ruth signature is a vintage notation, which has been added reading, "Lou Pearl Babe's 2nd." The added notation does not in the least affect the ball's spectacular aesthetic display value, though will to some extent no doubt affect its market value. In a world where forgeries are rampant...where Ruth balls which sell for many tens of thousands of dollars seem to appear out of nowhere... where authenticators, armed with more experience and information, sometimes (admirably) are forced to reverse opinions on Ruth signatures...in a world where, at least in this office, we sometimes joke that Ruth is still signing, or may soon be doing a show, a virtually perfect unquestionably authentic single-signed Ruth ball, with the single flaw of a period notation, is possibly a more desirable alternative. Maybe we are too conservative in our approach to autographed items, and Babe Ruth signatures in particular, but that is by design. We would rather be safe than sorry. This ball may not cost as much as some of the $50,000 gems which have hit the market in recent years. Nevertheless, it looks just as good. Or better. And it's real. What else can we say? We like this ball! The ball is in Near Mint condition and is virtually unimprovable. If you were looking for a spectacular Ruth single-signed ball, it would be difficult to imagine a more magnificent example for display. The original box that accompanies is held together with clear tape and grades only Fair. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA and Kevin Keating/QAMV. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $28,750.00


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