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    The Babe Bows Out...

    1948 Babe Ruth Final Yankee Stadium Appearance Baseball Signed by 1923 Silver Anniversary New York Yankees Team. A Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph is the definitive image recalling the sad final ovation afforded to the Babe on June 13, 1948 at the House that He Built. New York Herald Tribune lensman Nat Fein recounted the warm, grey day years later, recalling how he had snuck away from the other photographers to shoot the number "3" that would never again ride Yankee pinstripes, and how he had foregone the use of a flash to capture the somber mood of the occasion. Ruth would die just two months later.

    The event had been advertised as a twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the 1923 New York Yankees, the first World Champion edition in pinstriped history, but the gaunt frame of that team's hero left little doubt in the minds of the sold out stadium that this was, in reality, a farewell. That day number "3" left the Yankee wardrobe, and its sole owner left the ground he'd hallowed with his brilliance, neither to return again.

    Presented is a heart-wrenching memento of the day the Babe Bowed Out, one of just a handful of autographed spheres from the occasion, and certainly the finest of that rare breed. Though Ruth's terminal cancer was near the completion of its awful mission, his black fountain pen signature on the sweet spot of his OAL (Harridge) ball is one of the finest we've ever encountered, an unimprovable example. In fact, its partnership with a creamy, white OAL (Harridge) ball would almost certainly propel its value deep into six-figure territory as a single signed specimen.

    But this is a rare exception where we'd argue that the supporting cast of 1923 Yankees is a definite enhancement, as the attribution to that melancholic celebration would be impossible without the sixteen signatures that ride shotgun. All but Bob Shawkey and Doc Woods (7/10) match the 9/10 strength of Ruth's sweet spot signature, and include Hoyt, Meusel, Pipgras, Dugan, Schang, Bush, Mays, Koenig, Jones and Pipp. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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