1929 R316 Kashin Publications Babe Ruth - Boldly Signed by Ruth!

Sold For: $8,225

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 994

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Signed example of Babe Ruth's 1929 R316 Kashin Publications card; encapsulated and labeled "Authentic" by Beckett/JSA. Ruth's signature, which is flawlessly scripted in black fountain pen on the front (grading a perfect "10"), is remarkably bold and stands out even against the darkest portion of the black background. While Ruth signed baseball cards are not unheard of, most of the known examples are from other issues. All signed Ruth baseball cards are extremely rare, and most of the known examples are 1933 Goudeys. This is the first R316 signed Babe Ruth card we have ever seen and we are sure it will be quite some time before we encounter another. This signed Ruth card originates from the extraordinary advanced collection of a dedicated old-time hobbyist and is just one of the many highlights found among his thousands of autographs (the balance of his collection, represented by over thirty lots, is also featured in this auction). The card itself is also of note. Ruth is the key card from the R316 set and as such represents a valuable item in its own right. Although a thin strip of surface paper loss on the reverse, resulting from its removal from an album, would prohibit the card from receiving a technically high grade, the card is otherwise in Excellent condition. The signature, as previously noted, is particularly extraordinary and essentially unimprovable ("10"). This is an exceptional Ruth signed item in all respects and one of the most unusual issues of the few signed Ruth baseball cards we have seen or offered over the years. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000.

SOLD FOR $8,225

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