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Spectacular High-Grade 1929 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Dual-Signed Baseball
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $32,587.50
Elsewhere in this auction, REA is proud to feature what we believe to be the single finest Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig baseball in the collecting world, a ball graded NM-MT 8.5 by PSA/DNA. Presented here is what we consider to be the second finest Ruth/Gehrig ball we have ever handled and one that has the added appeal of having never before been offered for sale, either publicly or privately. The official American League (Barnard) ball has been beautifully signed in blue fountain pen by both Ruth and Gehrig, with each signature grading "8/9," conservatively. Ruth's signature sits prominently on the sweet spot, while Gehrig's appears on the south panel. The date, "Aug. 21/1929," is written in blue fountain pen (in an unknown hand) on the east panel. The Yankees were in Chicago on that date, which is consistent with the ball's provenance. Our consignor lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as did his family in 1929, when this ball was signed, so it was under a two hour drive, probably shorter by train, to Chicago. The White Sox defeated the Yankees by a score of 4-3 on August 21, 1929, with the game marking the finale of a four-game series between the clubs. Ruth managed a single in five at bats in the game, while Gehrig went hitless in his four at bats. Obviously, sometime before or after the game, the two stars were congenial enough to sign this ball for one of our consignor's family members. The specifics of who originally obtained it have been lost to time, but the fact that the family treasured it, and took exceptional care of it, is evidenced by its remarkable state of preservation. The cream-colored ball displays only a few very tiny areas of scattered toning (one below the "B" in Babe") and all of the manufacturing stamps remain exceptionally bold, appearing much as they did when the ball was removed from its original box. In Excellent to Mint condition overall, bordering on Near Mint. This is an extraordinary Ruth/Gehrig ball and one that would be an immediate upgrade to nearly every other known example. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $32,587.50
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