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1937 Babe Ruth Signed Jack Dempsey's Restaurant Menu (Also Signed by Grantland Rice and Others!)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,280
Menu, for a special dinner held in honor of Babe Ruth at Jack Dempsey's restaurant on November 29, 1937, signed by Babe Ruth and a number of other notables in their respective fields. All of the signatures appear on the reverse of the fold-over menu (only the cover bears printed information), and are rendered in either ink or pencil. Ruth's signature, magnificently scripted in black fountain pen, grades "10," and is joined by that of twelve others, including Robert Ripley (writer of Ripley's Believe or Not cartoons), Grantland Rice (sportswriter), Howard Chandler Christy (illustrator), Lynn Bogue Hunt (illustrator), Van Campen Hielner (fisherman), and Bob Edge (writer). Ruth was an avid hunter, and this dinner consisted of game that he and his friends brought back from one of their hunting trips to Nova Scotia. The menu title reads "Our Host Jack Dempsey's Dinner/to/'The Bull of the Woods' (Babe Ruth to You)." Below the menu of items being served, it further reads "All Game Served Shot in Nova Scotia, and Brough Back/Especially for this Dinner by Messrs. Ruth, Edge, and Mathews." The menu (10 x 8.25 inches; unfolded), which is slightly toned, displays a horizontal fold and both adhesive residue and minor surface paper loss along the interior from having once been mounted, unfolded, in an album. Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,280
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