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    Ruth's wife and author of the book among the signers!

    1947 Babe Ruth & Others Multi-Signed Baseball Commemorating "The Babe Ruth Story" Movie Contract. Though you'll find no film critics arguing that this Bambino biopic was a cinema classic, "The Babe Ruth Story" starring William Bendix as the titular baseball icon continues to loom large in sports history more than seven decades after its production. As most Ruth collectors are aware, the July 26, 1948 film premier in Manhattan would prove to be the Hall of Fame slugger's final public appearance, as he would succumb to terminal throat cancer only three weeks later.

    Presented is a thrilling relic that commemorates the signing of the contract that would transform Ruth's autobiography into the motion picture that would serve as the Babe's final farewell. The OAL (Harridge) baseball provides a magnificent sweet spot signature from the dying legend, easily a 9/10 if you forgive the errant brush of Ruth's hand against the wet ink at the very end. His wife Claire is 8/10 on the panel to his left. To Ruth's right, we find the autograph of lawyer William B. Jaffe, whose family consigned this ball to auction. We believe that the writing above his signature is an inscription as it appears to be in the same hand, but whether it is that or another signature, we cannot decipher it.

    The same is true for two of the three autographs on an adjacent panel, but the middle signature is very clearly that of Bob Considine, who authored the book of the same name from which the film derived. Lastly, apparently in Jaffe's hand, there is a handwritten notation which reads, "Signing of deal with Monogram Pictures, Ruth in Films" with a scribbled 1947 date. Ball is lightly and evenly toned throughout, presenting beautifully. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $40,000 - up.

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