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Lot 170



Lot Number: 170

Description: Fine Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig auto. baseball with direct provenance c.1928. Lightly toned Brine's "Official League Ball" with green and red stitching was signed on August 9, 1928 during an exhibition game played in Everett, MA to benefit the families of a local oil factory disaster. A young boy named Leonard McDonald served as the bat boy for the game and obtained the offered baseball on that date. The ball has been signed by Babe Ruth on the sweet spot and Lou Gehrig on a side panel. The Ruth signature remains notably bold rating a strong 9-9.5 out of 10 with the Gehrig signature remaining in as signed condition on a side panel rating 9.5-10 out of 10 (uncommonly bold for a Gehrig signature on a baseball). Former Red Sox manager Bill Carrigan, who was also in attendance, signed the top panel rating a 3 out of 10 due to fading. The ball is accompanied by a photograph of Leonard McDonald standing on the field with Ruth and Gehrig during the benefit game (pictured). The ball itself remains fairly clean with light surface wear to the two adjacent panels that do not affect the Ruth and Gehrig signatures. Superb example with impeccable provenance and virtually unimproveable signature exemplars. Includes LOA from James Spence Authentication: Ball: EX, Signatures: Range NM-NM.MT

Estimated Price: ($25,000.00-$35,000.00)

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