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Early 1930s Babe Ruth Single-Signed D&M Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,600
Red-and-black stitched D&M "Official League" ball signed by Babe Ruth. Ruth has scripted his name in black fountain pen on a side panel, with the signature grading "6." This ball most likely dates to the early 1930s manufacturing period and is the first Ruth-signed D&M ball we can recall offering. It also comes with the special provenance of having once resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection. The Draper & Maynard Sporting Goods Company, located in Plymouth, New Hampshire, was founded in 1881 and was one of the first companies to manufacture baseball gloves. Soon after, the company expanded its baseball line and became a major supplier to both amateur and professional clubs throughout the country. During the 1920s the company boasted that over ninety percent of major league players used its gloves. D&M's close proximity to Boston also resulted in frequent visits to the factory by Red Sox players, including Ruth. The company remained in business until 1937, when P. Goldsmith Sons Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, purchased the rights to produce sporting goods under the D&M name. The ball is moderately toned and displays a number of minor abrasions, as well as a few additional surface marks. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $3,600
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