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Lot # 979 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Remarkable 1948 Babe Ruth Single-Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $9,480.00

This exceptional Babe Ruth single-signed ball is not only one of the finest examples we have ever handled, but one that also comes with a unique provenance. Ruth has flawlessly inscribed the official National League (Frick) ball in blue fountain pen on a side panel: "To My Little Pal/Mickey/From/Babe Ruth/3-4-48." Both the inscription and signature are boldly penned, grading "10." Ideally, the "Mickey" referenced here is none other than our consignor! This ball has been a treasured family heirloom since the day it was signed and has been carefully stored away, out of sunlight, for the past sixty-four years. What makes this ball so dear to our consignor (he was a little boy at the time) is that it was obtained for him by his grandmother, who was a nurse at a New York City hospital. Ruth was quite ill at the time, suffering from an advanced form of cancer that he ultimately succumbed to on August 16th. During one of Ruth's hospital stays, our consignor's grandmother attended to him and, sick as he was, Ruth just couldn't refuse an autograph request for a young boy. While any present to a child from their grandmother is special, one can only imagine the sentimental value attached to this particular gift. Now, after these many years, our consignor has finally decided to part with it. While there is sadness in seeing it go, he is hopeful that the new owner will appreciate it and receive as much joy in owning it as he and his family have for the past six decades. The ball's appearance reflects its careful storage over the years. Except for an even shade of very light age toning, the ball remains in Near Mint condition, looking much as it did when it was originally signed by Ruth. Together with the original Spalding box (top flap missing, G-VG). Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,480.00

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