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1934 Babe Ruth Signed & Dated Letter

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,406.25

One-page typed letter from a young fan, dated June 11, 1934, beautifully signed along the bottom by Babe Ruth. This Ruth signed item tells a great story, one that captures the spirit of all that was good about the admiration of sports heroes in the "olden' days" of baseball, and the always sincere appreciation of his fans by the legendary Babe Ruth. Dating from Ruth’s last season with the Yankees, this poignant letter was written to Ruth by a young fan named Manfred Brenner in request of an autograph. Unlike most requests, however, he provides a brief narrative, as only a child could, of his efforts to obtain Ruth’s autograph the previous day at Yankee Stadium. He writes in full: “Dear Babe Ruth: I went to my first ball game yesterday, and wanted to see you bat out a home run so much, but the other pitchers wouldn’t let you hit one. I am glad your wrist is better and that you played but I wanted to get your name to my program, and the big cop chased me when I tried to go through the gate in the grandstand. So won’t you please either sign this letter, or send me one, so I can have your autograph always with me, and oblige a little boy who admires you so much.” Ruth, who was always partial to his younger fans, has graciously obliged the boy’s request along the base of the letter by boldly inscribing it “Babe Ruth – June 12th – 1934” in black fountain pen (grading “9/10”). The game the boy attended, on Sunday June 10th, was played against Philadelphia and was won by the Yankees by a score of 7-3. The day Ruth received this letter was an off day for the club, thus Ruth had plenty of time to catch up on this fan mail. One can only imagine how delighted the young lad was, not only in receiving Ruth’s autograph, but in the lightning quick response as well. Included with the letter is the original return envelope to the boy, bearing his typewritten address, which is postmarked “June 12, 1934.” The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays one horizontal and two vertical mailing folds (none of which touch upon the signature), as well as a tiny area of adhesive residue in the upper left quadrant. In Excellent condition overall. The envelope (6.5 x 3.75 inches), which is perfect for displaying together with the letter, has had the stamp torn off and is in Good to Very Good condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,406.25

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