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Lot # 1069 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1942 Babe Ruth Single-Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $11,163

Presented is a simply outstanding classic Babe Ruth single-signed baseball. This vintage red-stitched baseball has an extraordinary high-grade Ruth signature that sits upon the sweet spot. Ruth has boldly signed the ball in blue ink, with the signature grading "9." This is a gorgeous and ideal-for-display Ruth single-signed ball! While the manufacturer's stampings are extremely faded, upon close examination it appears to be an Official American League ball, as we can see the Reach stamping on the panel below the ball label, the design of which was used on official balls between the years 1934 and 1945. This ball, in addition to its remarkable display value, also has a unique and fascinating provenance. According to our consignor, the ball dates to the early 1940s and was donated as a prize to be given out to a lucky audience member attending a Golden Gloves boxing tournament held at St. Francis Gym in Brooklyn, New York. Her husband competed in the tournament and the ball was actually won by his mother who also attended. It has remained in the family as a cherished keepsake since that time. The ball is in exceptionally strong condition, with just a few insignificant minor surface abrasions; it is in strong Excellent condition overall. The desirability of Babe Ruth signed baseballs has never waned over the years and it seems the supply, which is ample, will never suffice to meet the ever-growing demand. Strictly in terms of the signature, this is about as fine a Ruth ball as one could hope to obtain: it is boldly executed, perfectly centered on the sweet spot, and contrasts beautifully against the light colored surface. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$8,000. SOLD FOR $11,163

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