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1944 Babe Ruth and Will Harridge Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,175
Official American League (Harridge) ball signed by Babe Ruth and William Harridge. Ruth's signature, scripted in blue fountain pen upon the sweet spot, is light, but legible, and grades "2." Harridge has both inscribed and dated the north panel in black fountain pen: "Best wishes to my/friend Mr. Fisher/Will Harridge/Jan 31 1944." Although a few words in the text are slightly faded, Harridge's signature is bold and grades "7." It would appear likely that Ruth’s signature was already on this ball when it was given as a gift but there is no way for us to know this with certainty. This ball originates from north of the border, in Canada, and its history is detailed in an accompanying letter (which can be viewed in its entirety on our website) from the original owner, Albert Pollitt. In his letter, Pollitt states that his grandfather, who had been an insurance salesman in the United States, originally obtained the ball and then gave it to his daughter (Pollitt's mother) long before he was born (1951). Upon her passing, the ball became the property of Pollitt. The ball remained in Pollitt's possession until just recently, when it was obtained by our consignor at a small, local auction in Canada. Therefore, it is basically new to the modern collecting world. This is the first combination of these two signatures, alone on a baseball, we have ever seen. Harridge's signature, of course, is far rarer on a baseball, and single-signed examples are highly sought after by Hall of Fame single-signed ball collectors. The appeal of this ball is that it can display either as a Ruth single (although the Ruth sweet spot signature, as noted, is light), or a very strong Harridge single, depending upon the desire of the collector, but perhaps even more significant, it is an extremely rare dual-signed ball and one that that might even be unique in the hobby. The ball is moderately soiled (nearly all of the manufacturer's labels are very faint) and displays a few minor abrasions. In Good to Very Good condition overall. (Its condition is addressed by Pollitt in his letter, who admits to taking it out to play when he was a child.) LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,175
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