1948 Babe Ruth Signed Letter Regarding The Babe Ruth Story

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1327

Item Year: 1948

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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One-page typed letter, dated April 12, 1948, signed by Babe Ruth. This letter, which is typed on Ruth's personal letterhead, was sent to Herb Carneal, who was the sports director for WSYR in Syracuse, New York, in order to promote Ruth's newly published autobiography, The Babe Ruth Story. In full: "Dear Herb: I am sending you a copy of my own book THE BABE RUTH STORY which Bob Considine helped me put down on paper. My publishers tell me it will be published on April 26, 1948. I hope you will like it. Sincerely, Babe [signed]." Ruth's signature has been scripted in blue fountain pen and grades "10." This letter originates from the Carneal family and is accompanied by the actual book sent by Ruth, as well as the original mailing envelope. The letter (7.25 x 10.5 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds, two small areas of light discoloration along the left border, and a few minor surface wrinkles. In Excellent condition overall. The first-edition hardcover book (Vg; minor water staining) has a replacement dust jacket (Vg; ex-library jacket). The mailing envelope (7.5 x 4 inches), which is postmarked "Apr 12 1948 New York, NY," displays a small area of discoloration in the upper left corner and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Together with a few additional promotional materials associated with the release of the film adaptation of the same name, including three programs and two second-generation photos of Ruth and William Bendix on the set of the film. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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