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Lot 207



Lot Number: 207

Description: Significant July 9, 1918 Babe Ruth handwritten letter with original envelope. Simply stated the offered piece is without question one of the finest Babe Ruth autograph related items extant. Offered is a handwritten letter dated July 9, 1918 by Ruth that reads, "Dear Sir, Your check received and I thank you very much. Yours very truly." Ruth then proceeded to sign the letter, "Geo. H. Ruth" six times in bold black fountain pen. The letter was sent to Frank Bradsby in response to Ruth's request for $100.00 to be paid to him in exchange for allowing his name to be used on Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Once the fee was remitted Ruth obliged with six beautiful signatures to used as the models that would later emblazen his very own game used baseball bats. Letter includes the original envelope which was postmarked July 26, 1918 from the Hotel Metropole in Chicago and is hand addressed by Ruth. Letter itself has its original fold lines with all of the autographs remaining quite strong rating 9 out of 10. By 1918 Ruth had already risen to the elite of the league tying for the AL home run title with (11) and pitching for another 9 scoreless innings in the World Series extending his streak to (22) for Series play. Ironically, just one day before this letter had been penned by Ruth he hit a home run against Cleveland that was deemed to be a triple as the winning run scored ahead of him and thusly cost him the AL HR crown for 1918. Extraordinary piece with impeccable provenance from the H&B archives. Includes LOA from PSA/DNA J.Spence-S.Grad and letter of provenance from the Hillerich & Bradsby Co: EX-MT

Estimated Price: ($30,000.00-$40,000.00)

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