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Lot Number: 76

Description: Exceptional 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball. Off white red and black stitched Wilson "Official League" baseball is signed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Edgar "Dud" Branom. A superb example of Ruth's signature occupies the sweet spot in vibrant blue ink rating a resounding 9 out of 10. Gehrig is positioned on the panel above rating 9 out of 10 in boldness with light feathering to "Lou". An additional signature of journeyman minor leaguer and PCL player, Dud Branom, appears beneath Gehrig. A date notation adjacent to Ruth's signature in an unknown hand reads "Oct. 15th, 1927", just seven days after the Yankees completed their sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates to capture the World Series title and complete the most dominant season in baseball history. The date notation and the presence of the signature of Branom, who played for Portland of the PCL in 1927, suggests that the ball was signed during a northwestern stop on Ruth and Gehrig's famed Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lous barnstorming tour. The ball itself shows minimal evidence of handling with an unblemished creamy-white surface which ideally showcases the pronounced signatures. A facsimile name stamping of minor league president T.J. Hickey is found on a separate side panel. Superb condition exemplar featuring the coveted Ruth/Gehrig signature combo from the most prolific year of their career. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-NM/MT

Estimated Price Range: ($12,500-$15,000)

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