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Extraordinary Circa 1932 Babe Ruth Signed "Ink Blotter" Presentation Baseball

Starting Bid - $4,000.00, Sold For - $9,987.50

Spalding “Babe Ruth Home Run Special” presentation baseball, attached to an ink blotter, signed by Babe Ruth with a remarkably bold and impressive signature, and also signed by six other former stars. These Ruth-signed "Ink Blotter" balls were special gifts presented by Babe Ruth's personal agent, Christy Walsh. They are very rare and were naturally very special keepsakes. Occasionally an example is seen, but their rarity in general provides the greatest insight into how infrequently Christy Walsh must have given these mounted signed baseballs away. This example is especially noteworthy due to the remarkable quality of the large black fountain-pen signature of Babe Ruth on the sweet spot. It is nearly flawless and grades a “9" on a scale of "1 to 10.” This is a simply incredible signature that compares very well to any Babe Ruth signed baseball in the world - they just don't get much better - and it is easily one of the strongest Ruth signatures we have ever seen on a baseball. The remaining signatures on the ball (averaging “8/9”) are those of Mickey Cochrane, Charlie Gehringer, Goose Goslin, Gabby Hartnett, Charlie Root, and Charlie Grimm. This particular example was a special presentation gift from Christy Walsh to Fred Archibald, a longtime newspaper reporter/editor and former publisher of the Albany Times Union . “Compliments of Christy Walsh” is printed on one end of the blotter and the name “Fred Archibald” is printed on the opposite end, each in gilt-stamped letters. In addition to being Ruth’s agent, Walsh was also the founder and owner of the Christy Walsh Syndicate, a newspaper writing syndicate of celebrity sportswriters that included Ruth, John McGraw, and Knute Rockne, to name just a few. It was customary during the 1920s and 1930s for Walsh to send a special ball such as this to editors and publishers as a token of thanks for subscribing to his syndicate. Because of their unique nature, the signed balls also served as outstanding desk pieces. The years have certainly not lessened their visual appeal and today they remain exceptional display pieces, though few can compare to the extraordinary display value of this particular example. The ball displays light overall toning and is in Excellent to Mint condition. The wood blotter displays only modest wear and is also in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $4,000. Estimate $8,000+. SOLD FOR $9,987.50

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