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Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Connie Mack "1/1" Signature-Card Collection with Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,080
Trio of unique "signature cards" featuring, respectively, the autographs of three legendary Hall of Famers: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Connie Mack. Each trade card was specially produced as a "1/1" creation, and was custom designed to complement the autograph. The front of each card features a large photo of the respective player (the Ruth and Mack cards include composite images as well), while the reverse displays an additional photo and biographical details. As noted in print along the base of the reverse, each card is a "One of a Kind Signature Cut." The autographs used in each card each originate from the same source: a circa 1932 multisigned "tour" ball that once featured approximately 16 signatures. The cover of the ball was carefully dissected to remove the signatures of Ruth, Gehrig, and Mack so that they would display properly within the design of the custom-made cards, and each signature panel includes portions of the original lacing. Ruth's blue-ink signature is faint, but still partially legible and grades "1." Gehrig's blue-ink signature grades "2," while Mack's black-ink autograph is the strongest of the three and grades "5." Ideally, the original ball from which the signatures were obtained accompanies the cards. Many of the remaining signatures were affected by the removal of the other three signatures, but the ball still features a full Rabbit Warstler signature, and partial signatures of Jimmie Foxx (mainly the last name), George Kelly (mainly the last name), and Lefty O'Doul. The signatures on the ball range from "1" to "5," averaging "2/3." Each of the signature cards is in Mint condition and is housed in its own custom Lucite display case (2.75 x 4.25 inches). Total: 4 items: (3 signature cards and ball). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,080
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