There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.

1948 Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball from Final Public Signing, PSA/DNA NM-MT+ 8.5....

2012 August 2 Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Signature Auction- Baltimore #7057

Sold for: Not Sold
Auction Ended On: Aug 2, 2012
Item Activity: 8 Internet/mail/phone bidders
1,976 page views
Location: B & O Warehouse, 6th Floor
Camden Yard Banquet Room
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

"You know, this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth."
1948 Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball from Final Public Signing, PSA/DNA NM-MT+ 8.5. In an age when sports fans have grown accustomed to disappointment from their athletic heroes, the selfless dedication to the youth of America demonstrated by a dying Babe Ruth in June of 1948 seems all the more noble by contrast. From his own childhood of struggle and deprivation, the Babe grew to become perhaps the most famous man in the world, though he never forgot his humble start or the example set by his mentor Brother Mathias at the Baltimore orphanage where he was raised. So while Ruth's appearance at a charity baseball tournament in Iowa just two months prior to the close of his battle with terminal cancer might seem extraordinary, it was likewise quite typical of the big-hearted legend famous for his kindness to children.

Participants in our May 2012 Signature Auction will surely recall the remarkable offering of high-grade Babe Ruth signed baseballs consigned by the family of John Hart, who sponsored the youth baseball tournament in Spencer, Iowa that would prove to be the last public signing of the Hall of Fame icon. In his capacity as celebrity spokesman for the Ford Motor Company, Ruth was on hand in the small midwestern town to present a Championship trophy to the victor in a Chamber of Commerce baseball tournament, and signed several dozen baseballs at Hart's Ford dealership prior to the ceremonies. Here we present the very last of that historic "find" of stunningly preserved relics.

This is arguably the best of the bunch, hitting ever note for the ideal Ruth single. The blue fountain pen autograph is applied to the sweet spot without personalization, rating a very conservative 9/10 on PSA/DNA's strict rating scale. The OAL (Harridge) ball that serves as its home is the most desirable of breeds for the Babe, with clean, milky skin and bold stamping, garnering a rating of 8/10 to complete the combined score as listed. At the "Reach" logo is found an inconsequential and illegible blue ink scribble which may just be a bit of stamping bleed. It is noted solely in the interest of full disclosure, and does nothing to diminish the aesthetics or "single signed" designation.

Any baseball marked by the sport's greatest paradigm shifter is worthy of collecting fervor, and high-grade examples all the more. But this living testament to the Babe's dedication to the sport and to the youth that idolized him sets this example apart from and above the rest, evidence that Ruth was not simply a great ballplayer, but a great man as well. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, NM-MT+ 8.5. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Balls, Pucks, etc., Small (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image

Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
sold in the last year
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
Consign to the 2015 November 5 - 7 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas.
Learn About Consigning With Us
You have made the selling of parts of my collection a thoughtful and enjoyable experience-even more so than I could have imagined.
2015 June 18 Auto Racing Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas
2015 June 18 Auto Racing Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas
REALIZED $576,984
You could win!
Take the Survey