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Lot # 882 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1932 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Signed Ball with Original Owner Provenance!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,925

Offered here is a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed baseball that comes with the special provenance of having been consigned directly by the gentleman who received it personally from Ruth and Gehrig in the early 1930s! Both stars have signed the Brine "Official Twilight League" ball in black fountain pen. Ruth's signature, which is the stronger of the two, appears on the sweet spot and grades "5/6." Gehrig's signature, located on the west panel, is partly faded and grades "3." Ideally, our consignor has provided a one-page handwritten letter of provenance detailing its history. In part:

I went to the Cartaret Academy in Orange, New Jersey, which was the closest prep school to our home in South Orange. There was a Saturday club which took us to things of interest which was how I got to a Saturday baseball game between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Athletics. It was a threatening day and we were to meet Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. I took a new baseball with me to get them to sign. Fortunately, the rain held off long enough for us to meet Ruth and Gehrig and get the baseball signed by them before the rain came and we all went home. . . . The ball is no longer pristine white because once I wanted to have a catch with a friend and had no other ball available so we stupidly used that one which accounts for the used appearance of the ball.

According to our consignor's son (our consignor is ninety-eight years old), his father also mentioned many times that it was obvious Ruth and Gehrig disliked each other at the time of the signing; thereby providing firsthand corroboration of the long-standing feud between the two stars that began in the early 1930s. As noted in the letter, the ball is darkly toned and displays a few tiny abrasions that are indicative of it having once been played with. The manufacturer's stampings remain bold and legible. In Very Good condition overall. We have handled very few Ruth or Gehrig signed items that come with original-owner provenance, making this a remarkably exceptional example of what is widely considered to be the most desirable dual-signed ball in the hobby. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,925

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