1944-45 Babe Ruth Signed Albertype (Type I) Hall of Fame Plaque....
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Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
So this is, at the risk of trotting out a term too freely used in auction cataloging, a true "Holy Grail" piece for the advanced Ruth collector, a relic that outpaces game used jerseys and even Championship awards in the highly competitive Babe Ruth collecting subgenre. This earlier version of the Albertype postcard, identified by the abbreviated state name following "Cooperstown" on the front, is autographed at the bottom margin in bold blue fountain pen ink, an autograph that would fall solidly beneath a Mint 9 header if not for a patch of paper loss that minimal intrudes upon the final strokes of the letter "e" in "Babe." We see similar paper loss, due to tape removal, at each of the other four edges. A small crease appears at upper right. The reverse is clean and unmarked.
Dedicated plaque collectors are well aware of this fact, but we'll say it anyhow--this is almost certainly your only shot at ownership. Carpe diem. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
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