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    1928 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Dual-Signed Baseball with Two Signed Scorecards.
    We'll allow the consignor's letter of provenance to set the scene:

    "When my grandfather was 9 years old, his Dad took him to St. Louis to visit with his grandparents. While there they went to Sportsman's Park in St. Louis to see 2 baseball games. The first game he saw was on July 28, 1928 against [sic] the St. Louis Browns vs. the Philadelphia Athletics. They went to this game to see Ty Cobb as this was his final season to play baseball. While at the game he was able to get Ty Cobb to sign his scorecard.

    The second game they attended was on August 1, 1928 at Sportsman's Park that had the St. Louis Browns playing the New York Yankees. The game featured two of the greatest Yankees--Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig--and while at that game my grandfather was able to get a ball signed by the two Yankee legends as well as a scorecard signed by several of the Yankees players, including Ruth and Gehrig."

    This exceptional lot contains all three of the mementos our consignor's grandfather collected that memorable week in St. Louis.

    Most significant, of course, is the autographed baseball, unquestionably one of the very finest featuring the iconic slugging tandem ever to tempt an auction audience. The OAL (Barnard) ball is preserved to nearly pristine condition, having endured decades of lonely seclusion in its original "Reach" brand box, which is included (but tattered). We note that the particular stamping format of the ball is a single-season style, further assuring the 1928 New York Yankees World Championship vintage to which the letter of provenance attests.

    The legendary Bambino claims his standard sweet spot position in blue fountain pen ink, rating a conservative 8/10. Just below, the Iron Horse is even more boldly amplified, his autograph assessed at a 9/10 level. Just the lightest hint of creamy, vanilla toning suggests nine decades of time's passage since the original production.

    Next, we have the earlier scorecard referenced in the letter of provenance, pencil-scored at center for the July 28th visit of the Athletics to St. Louis. The card is split in two down the spine and creased horizontally near center, but the 9/10 pencil autograph from Ty Cobb is unaffected.

    Finally, the scorecard for the August 1st Yankees game is likewise split along the spine, with a short tear to the back half and a chip to the corner of the front half, which bears fourteen signatures from the World Champions, none affected by the condition issues. Appearing in 8/10 or better pencil: Ruth, Gehrig, Coveleski, Pipgras, Manfredi, Bengough, Fletcher, Robertson, Shealy, Campbell, O'Leary, Thomas, Johnson and Moore. Ruth would hit the forty-second home run of his season in this game, the 458th of his career. LOA's from Beckett and from James Spence Authentication for each of the three items. Full LOAs from SGC.


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