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Lot # 752 (of 1137)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1940 Babe Ruth Signed Cigarette Case

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,422

Babe Ruth was almost certainly the most prolific signer in baseball history, so it is not surprising that a number of unusual pieces bearing his autograph exist today. Offered here is one such item: a vintage cigarette case signed by Ruth on the reverse. This was obviously not the most conducive writing surface for a fountain pen and as a result Ruth's signature is now more etched than signed into the gold-plated surface, but it remains clearly legible. The cigarette holder, which also functions as a lighter, bears the initials "MJB" on the front. The manufacturer's name, "Ronson," is engraved on the interior. The case (3 x 4.5 x .5 inches) is heavily worn, displaying a few areas of abrasion and a number of moderate scratches. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,422

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