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    Early 1930's Babe Ruth Signed Bat. 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 2x4" filed patch, with his signature surviving in stunnningly strong 9+/10 condition to this day. The bat itself likewise presents beautifully, and measures thirty-four inches in length. As it was with a Hillerich & Bradsby in his hands that Babe carved himself a heaping slab of athletic immortality, we couldn't think of a better home for his autograph than some Louisville lumber. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.
    Guide Value or Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000.


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2008
    17th-18th Friday-Saturday
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