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    A rare format from the game's greatest figure...

    1946 Babe Ruth Signed Fielder's Glove. Ever since young New Yorkers clambered to the railing of the Polo Grounds to meet the newly arrived Boston transplant in 1920, the autograph of Babe Ruth has reigned as the most popular in the collecting hobby. But as the Babe's fame and belly swelled throughout the course of his professional career and beyond, his head never grew to match. He remained one of the most approachable athletes in history, and the most generous of signers. It is only due to the massive demand that Ruth's signature maintains a lofty price tag, as signed baseballs, photos and album pages survive as the most common of pre-war players.

    There are exceptions, however, to the theme of availability, and we encounter an example here, one of just two Babe Ruth single signed gloves to appear within a major auction in the past decade. We can only hypothesize as to the reasons for the profound scarcity of signed gloves, but one can assume that the high cost relative to balls and photos played a role. One could also imagine that a number of signed gloves have indeed existed, but the call of the sandlot proved irresistible for most young owners, dooming the signatures to the brutality of play.

    This rare survivor is joined by a letter of provenance from its original owner, the son of a man who served as personal physician to Christy Walsh, Ruth and Gehrig's famous agent. His letter recalls a week-long visit to his home in June of 1946 as Ruth competed in a golf tournament at the Westport, Connecticut country club where his father served as chairman.

    In typical form, Ruth generously autographed any and all items presented to him, the youngster offering up his fielder's mitt, which the legendary slugger handed back with a wonderful blue fountain pen ink inscription reading, "To Big Kenneth From Babe Ruth." The ink has survived remarkably well over the passing decades, presenting today at 8/10 average strength. The glove itself has lost a bit of its lacing but is otherwise in wonderful shape, providing for a fine display. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Letter of provenance from original recipient.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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