1927 Babe Ruth "Home-Run Victims" Autograph Collection

Sold For: $940

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1274

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Babe Ruth's sixty home runs in 1927 came at the expense of thirty-three different pitchers. This collection features signature examples of thirty-two of those now-famous hurlers, with only Don Hankins needed for completion. Needless to say, all of the players represented here are deceased and many of the signatures in this collection are rare. This is the first such collection of these signatures that we have ever seen assembled or offered and one can easily imagine any number of attractive framed displays that can be created with them. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures grade "9" or "10" and have been penned (in a variety of inks) on either a lined or unlined 3 x 5-inch card. The number for each of Ruth's sixty home runs given up by the respective pitcher is noted in parentheses. The collection consists of the following: Howard Ehmke (# 1 and 16); Rube Walberg (#2, 6, 14, and 44), on a 3 x 1.75-inch cut affixed to a 3 x 5-inch card; Hollis Thurston (#3, 11, and 12); Slim Harris (#4, 25, and 49), grades "7," on a 5.5 x 3.5-inch sheet that has the signature of Garland Buckeye on the other side; Jack Quinn (#5 and 15), on a 4 x 3-inch card, dated 1929, with original mailer; Milt Gaston (#7, 32, 33, and 50), on a 3.5 x 5-inch color photo; Ernie Nevers (#8 and 41); Rip Collins (#9), Ben Karr (#10), Danny MacFayden (#13 and 48); Earl Whitehill (#17); Tommy Thomas (#18, 31, and 37); Garland Buckeye (#19 and 20), two examples, one is on the opposite side of a 5.5 x 3.5-inch sheet signed by Slim Harris; George Uhle (#21); Tom Zachary (#22, 36, and 60), signature on a card together with that of Tracy Stallard, who gave up Roger Maris' 61st home run; Hal Wiltse (#23 and 24); Hod Lisenbee (#25 and 58); Ken Holloway (#28, 29, and 56); Joe Shaute (#30, 40 and 52); Lefty Stewart (#34); George Smith (#35), on a 6 x 3-inch permission slip, dated 1/25/28, from the Atlantic Lithographic and Printing Co.; Sarge Connally (#38); Jake Miller (#39); Ernie Wingard (#42); Tony Welzer (#43, 45, and 46), grades "7/8"; Jack Russell (#47); Willis Hudlin (#51); Ted Blankenship (#53), on a 1927 Exhibit card; Ted Lyons (#54); Sam Gibson (#55), on a government postcard, postmarked 4/12/54; Lefty Grove (#57), in pencil, on a 3 x 3.5-inch parking meter violation ticket; and Paul Hopkins (#59). All of the items are in Excellent or better condition with the exception of Smith (Vg-Ex, small edge tears) and Grove (Vg, heavily soiled). Total 32 items. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $940

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