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    A compelling keepsake from the final year of the Babe's life...

    Circa 1948 Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball to Stepson of Producer/Director of "The Babe Ruth Story." An October 2000 letter of provenance reads as follows: "My deceased mother was Winnie Lightner, who starred in motion pictures from the 1920's to 1940's. She was married to Roy Del Ruth, a well known producer and director. In 1948, Roy Del Ruth produced and directed a picture entitled 'The Babe Ruth Story' starring William Bendix. I hereby certify that the baseball referred to above was personally signed by Babe Ruth and given to me."

    It's a beauty of a Ruth single, the legendary slugger making his typical journey to the western panel for personalized spheres, where he writes, "To Richard From Babe Ruth" in 9/10 black fountain pen ink. The stamping of the OAL (Harridge) ball has faded quite a bit over the passage of seven decades but otherwise presents beautifully, lightly and evenly toned to a delectable vintage shade. It's yet another piece of evidence to document that the Babe's generous service to America's youth was unfailing to the very end. Full LOA from Beckett Authentication Services.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $30,000 - up.

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