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    Each autographed by fellow Yankees legend Babe Ruth!

    1937-39 All-America Baseball Team Certificates Presented to Charles "Red" Ruffing Lot of 3. Quite a few parallels between the man to whom this impressive trio of documents was issued and its most famous signer, beginning, of course, with five seasons of shared tenure in the Yankee dugout between Ruffing's 1930 arrival and Ruth's 1934 departure. Each likewise made his Major League debut in the uniform of the Boston Red Sox, and proved himself to be both one of the game's elite pitchers and unusually handy with the lumber as well. While Ruffing's batting skill certainly couldn't compare to that of Ruth, the red-headed righty was such a solid slugger that he was often called into duty as a pinch hitter on his off days, posting a stellar .364 average during his first season in pinstripes with 110 at bats.

    But put to rest any concerns about favoritism in Ruffing's selection to Chairman Ruth's personal All-Star team--the red-headed righty went twenty and seven (20-7) in 1937 and twenty-one and seven (21-7) in 1938 and 1939, one victory short of a .750 winning percentage as the American League's most dominant ace. Add four complete game Fall Classic victories and three World Championship rings to the mix, and it becomes all the more clear why the future Hall of Famer came by ownership of these certificates honestly.

    Each gorgeously calligraphed certificate is matted with viewing area of approximately 13x16" and autographed at the bottom by the Sultan of Swat in the rare and desirable "George H Babe Ruth" or "George Herman Ruth" format. Signing with him are sportwriters from each American League city and Ruth's famous agent Christy Walsh. The autographs average 7/10 with only the 1938 Washington sportswriter dipping more than two points below that level. The certificates themselves exhibit minor indications of exposure to humidity, but our catalog imagery should convey that the effects are minor. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Letter of provenance from the Ruffing family.






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