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Lot # 867 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1930 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Signed Baseball (Once Owned By Stan Musial)

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,937.50

Official American League (Barnard) ball signed in black fountain pen by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Ruth's signature (grading "4") sits upon its customary place of honor, the sweet spot, while Gehrig's ("2") appears on the west panel. Both signatures were once protected by separate pieces of clear tape, since removed, and the very faint outline of the tape is still visible around each signature. Based upon the label, this ball dates to the 1929-1931 manufacturing period. The ball is accompanied by a long and very interesting and credible letter of provenance from a former owner which reveals the fact that this ball originates from the personal collection of Stan Musial. According to his account, he grew up in St. Louis and his wealthy uncle gave him this ball as gift when he went off to college in the early 1950s. He writes in part: "my rich uncle, Don E. Morrill - who had a real estate/insurance office in suburban Clayton - gave me a souvenir when I left for college. His second wife, exotic and French, had many social connections in the city and one of them, Stan Musial himself, had become something of a pal of Uncle Don's. The Man, at some point, had given him a Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig-autographed ball, and Don thought it would be nice for the youngest son of his 'poor preacher' brother-in-law as I went off to college. Sometime earlier, it seems that some well meaning soul (Tante Helen?) thought the signatures could be better protected with 'scotch tape!!' - a common notion of the time, I've been told." The ball is moderately toned, with number of small abrasions, and is in Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,937.50

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