1944 Hall of Famers Signed Baseball with Babe Ruth Signed Letter of Provenance. Spectacular lot is best described in the words of the great Bambino himself, whose typed letter to a fan reads, in part, "...I am glad that you are very much interested in baseball and instead of sending you an autographed picture, I am sending you under separate cover a baseball autographed by myself, Eddie Collins, George Sisler, Frank Baker, 'Tris' Speaker, Lefty Grove, Lou Costello, Walter Johnson and Bud Abbott. If you will have your Father or some one cover this ball with white shellac, the signatures will not wear off and you can keep it for an indefinite period..." The letter, on New York City's Hotel President letterhead, is signed at the close in flawless 10/10 fountain pen ink. The baseball of which Ruth writes is an OAL (Harridge) model, featuring each of the inaugural class Hall of Famers and the "Who's on First" comedians that he promises. His advice to shellac the ball was heeded by the young fan, causing somewhat pronounced and uneven toning, but maintaining a boldness of 7/10 or better for Ruth, Speaker, Sisler, Baker and Abbott. Costello, Grove, Collins and Johnson are all still entirely legible, but range from 3/10 to 5/10 instead. Now, over six decades later, one winning bidder will be able to experience the same rush of finding these autographed treasures in the mail as did young Vern Haas from Kalamazoo in August 1944. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2006
    28th Saturday
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