Description1948 Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball. The consignor's notarized letter of provenance is so charming, we'll let it do the talking: "June 21, 1948 was Babe Ruth Day in Spencer, Iowa. I was twelve years old. My Dad and a friend of his took myself, my older brother and a friend to the event. We stopped on the way at a hardware store and Dad bought three baseballs, for twenty-nine cents each, for us three boys to have the Babe sign. We were in the stands, at the park, when an announcement was made that the Babe was very ill and on his way to the nearby Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and would not be signing any autographs. The three of us, with the baseballs in our pockets, crawled down the back of the grandstand and went to the driveway leading to the parking lot. The Babe's car finally arrived. We stood, with our arms clasped, in the middle of the road. Babe was in the front passenger seat and his secretary was in the back. The secretary hollered 'Get out of the way you little brats,' but the Babe said 'Come on over here, boys,' in a deep and broken voice. He then asked his secretary for a pen and signed my brother's ball, then our friend's, and my ball last. What a thrill!"
The result of this young boy's brash move, and that of the Babe's limitless kindness toward children, is a fantastic sweet spot signature rating a conservative 9/10 in boldness. The ball is mounted with what appears to be glue on the lower panel into a shadow box where it is displayed with a program from that Spencer, Iowa event and a newspaper clipping noting the Babe's dozens of baseball records. Certainly this is one of the final autographs ever signed by the dying legend, and the Babe's generosity under these circumstances speaks volumes, and reminds us why we love him so much to this day. Notarized letter of provenance from consignor is included. LOA from PSA/DNA.
Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000.
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