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    1930's Babe Ruth Signed Bat, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8. While our national pastime's most noteworthy figure laid pen to the horsehide of tens if not hundreds of thousands of baseballs during his lifetime, it is a particularly rare and exciting occurrence when one encounters a bat bearing the mark of the Babe. Autographing bats just wasn't something that was typically done back in the days before permanent markers were in vogue, so those collecting pre-war signed wood are a brave and ambitious lot. They'll have cause to celebrate now, however, as we present a remarkably strong signature from Ruth on a signature model Hillerich & Bradsby 40 B.R. retail issue. On the rare occasions when bats were autographed during the pre-war era the glossy finish of the area to be signed was often filed away to present a more welcoming home for fountain pen ink, and such is the case here. The Babe centers his autograph within a 1.5x3.5" filed patch, with his signature surviving in remarkably strong 8/10 condition to this day. The bat itself likewise presents beautifully, and measures thirty-five inches in length. As it was with a Hillerich & Bradsby in his hands that Babe carved himself a heaping helping of athletic immortality, we couldn't think of a better home for his autograph than some Louisville lumber. Full grading LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2010
    22nd-23rd Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
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