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Description1947 Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball. Spectacularly preserved OAL (Harridge) sphere is consigned to this Platinum Night auction by the gentleman who acquired it personally from the Babe on August 5, 1947 in Indianapolis, where the faltering Ruth was attending an American Legion baseball game in which our consignor was a participant. Now eighty-one years old, the owner reports that the ball was placed in a box in a cedar chest and essentially forgotten for six decades, and we can find no physical evidence that would suggest otherwise.
Ruth's blue fountain pen sweet spot signature registers at a remarkable 9/10, placing the baseball in the top percentile of all known examples. The pale horsehide has mellowed perhaps half a shade from its original starkness to a creamy vanilla tone, and the factory stamping exhibits considerable fading but is still easily recognizable as official American League issue. The search for any spotting, scuffing or other signs of age proves futile.
Babe Ruth single signed baseballs have been the hobby's most consistent performer for well over a decade, but the truly elite examples have seen their values expand exponentially. Every good baseball autograph collection begins with a Ruth single. A truly great one begins here. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Letter of provenance from consignor.
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