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1927 Babe Ruth and Joe E. Brown Signed Baseball - PSA/DNA
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,000
Spalding "Star" baseball signed by both Babe Ruth and film comedian Joe E. Brown. What makes this ball so significant is that it was signed by Ruth in 1927, the year in which he set his long-standing single-season home-run record. Ruth has inscribed a side panel in black fountain pen, "To Jack Albright/From/Babe Ruth/Jan 8 1927." Ruth's signature grades "6," with the inscription varying in grade between "5" and "6." Joe E. Brown has scripted his name in black fountain pen (grading "7/8") on the side panel opposite the Ruth inscription. Although there are many baseballs signed by Babe Ruth, examples that can be dated specifically to the historic 1927 season are scarce and of special note. Outside of 1927 New York Yankees team-signed balls, which are not only very rare but prohibitively expensive for the average collector, we cannot recall seeing more than just a few other Ruth-signed balls that can be definitively dated to 1927. It is not clear if Joe E. Brown signed this ball at the same time or at a later date. However, if Brown did sign it in 1927, it dates to the period of his career when he was a top vaudeville performer. In 1929 he began making films and for the next two decades he reigned as one of the top box-office comedians. Brown also had many ties to baseball. He played professional baseball prior to his stage career, made a number of popular baseball movies, including Alibi Ike, and his son, Joe L. Brown, later served as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates for over twenty years. The ball displays light-to-moderate soiling and is in Very Good condition overall. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $3,000
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