One of the finest Ruth singles in the hobby!
1948 Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA Mint 9.
While the superstar slugger's famous and unfailing generosity of spirit ensured that his is the most available of all pre-war sporting legends, the tremendous demand for his essential autograph has nonetheless powered a sustained upward trajectory in auction results throughout the years. Historically, the Babe's signature has been the hobby's safest bet. It has been commonly and properly stated that every great sports memorabilia collection begins with the Babe Ruth single signed baseball.
But if Ruth singles appear on the hobby's auction block with some degree of regularity, those projecting the quality of the offered representation most decidedly do not. Our contention that the listed sphere represents the top percentile of all known specimens will be bolstered by any examination of online auction archives where, quite literally, only a handful of challengers for supremacy will be found.
The Babe's blue fountain pen sweet spot signature rates a conservative 9/10 here, applied with the artistry and confidence of a man who remained a faithful servant to autographs collectors from his Major League emergence through the final weeks of his life. The OAL (Harridge) ball features a stamping format utilized from 1948-50, assigning the signature to the terminal stages of Ruth's cancer. The ball rates an 8/10, with a half-point bonus for the extraordinary aesthetics elevating the final rating to its elite Mint 9 standard. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, Mint 9. Full LOA from SGC.
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