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Back Items For The Auction of July 15th and 16th, 2013  
 
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See a Picture of this Item 801 Early Joe DiMaggio c.1930s autographed photograph. Sepia toned photograph (5"x7"), signed at center, "Best Wishes, Joe DiMaggio." Bold fountain pen signature rates 8 to 8/9 out of 10. Image is based on an original which was taken by George Burke in one of DiMaggio earliest seasons with the New York Yankees. Displays mild silvering and a touch of scattered wear with some light creasing toward bottom. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Photo EX, Sig. NM ($500-$750) $500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 802 1933 National League All-Star partial team signed baseball. Desirable and well preserved example as relates to the first All-Star Game which touched off an unbroken string of highly anticipated annual events. Red and black stitched Spalding J.Heydler Official National League baseball has been signed by (13) including Hafey, Hartnett, P. Waner, Martin, English, Hallahan, Warneke, Wilson, Cuccinello, Bartell, Klein, Berger, and Hubbell. Period fountain pen signatures rate 6 to 8 out of 10; ball displays mild toning with a touch of light scattered wear and retains bold league stampings. Originally offered for sale in 1995 with provenance attributed to the Pepper Martin Estate. Includes auction LOA from JSA and photocopy of October 1995 auction catalog page relating history: Overall EX/MT ($1,000-$1,500) $1,800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 803 1930 Philadelphia Athletics team autographed baseball. Toned and clear coated Barnard AL ball signed by (22) members of the AL Champion Athletics to include Foxx, Mack, Cochrane, Collins, Grove, Miller, Simmons, and Connie Mack. Signatures range from 5 to 8 out of 10. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball: VG-EX, Signatures: Range VG/EX-NM ($1,000-$1,500) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 804 1947 Negro League World Series ticket stubs (2). Pair of original ticket stubs from September 19, 1947 game played at The Polo Grounds. It was game (1) of the Series between the New York Cubans and Cleveland Buckeyes, ultimately won by the Cubans who were lead by the legendary Martin Dihigo. Light consistent toning with a touch of wear at edges and some extremely minor surface wrinkling/creasing. One has mounting residue on verso: EX-EX/MT ($300-$500) $380.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 804a Scarce W.W. "Billy" Donaldson autographed photograph c.1927. Original 3 1/2" x 5" sepia tone image picturing noted Negro National League umpire "Billy" Donaldson. Signed across the front, "J.C. Robinson from W.W. Billy Donaldson Umpire N.N.L. 11/25/27". Blue fountain pen salutation and signature rate 7 out of 10. Light inscription on bottom margin "Best Wishes to Sgt" appear to be in another hand. The image itself pictures Donaldson in full umpire gear with fine contrast having some surface cracking and creasing that does intersect with the signature. Donaldson was a well regarded umpire for nearly 15 years in both within the first and second incarnations of Negro National League. The offered signed image is the first of its type that we have encountered and almost certainly one of a scant few, if any, existing specimens. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Photo: GD-VG, Signature: EX ($500-$1,000) $700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 805 Lot of (6) c.1950s Negro League tickets/passes. Includes unused ticket to Indianapolis Clowns vs. Kingston Braves game to be played at Dietz Field with comically outfitted player pictured on front; (4) "Advertising Pass" grandstand tickets to games played at Connie Mack Stadium for games featuring the Indianapolis Clowns vs. Birmingham Black Barons, Memphis Red Sox, and New York Black Yankees, and additional pass for Kansas City Monarchs vs. Birmingham Black Barons game; and unused "Box Office Exchange Ticket" for Clowns game. Varying degrees of light to moderate toning and minor wear: Range VG/EX-EX/MT ($250-$500) $200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 806 Lot of (2) c.1950s Kansas City Monarchs "Complimentary Ticket" passes. Pair of heavy stock passes issued for games played at Shibe Park (vs. Homestead Grays) and Connie Mack Stadium (vs. Birmingham Black Barons). Light to mild toning with a touch of wear. Grays pass has numerous erased pencil notations, Barons has some residue spot: VG-EX ($250-$500) $150.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 807 Homestead Grays Negro League pennant c.1940s. Desirable 24" long felt pennant with screened on titling and colorized game action scene. Mild discoloration minimally affecting left edge and there is a touch of loss to graphic: EX-EX/MT ($400-$600) $250.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 808 Baltimore Elite Giants Negro League pennant c.1940s. Desirable 24" long felt pennant with screened on titling and colorized game action scene. Well preserved overall with minimal wear: EX/MT-NM ($300-$500) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 809 1949 "Jackie Robinson Barnstorming Tour" program. Original souvenir program with image of Robinson on front cover fielding a ball in full uniform. Back cover has pictures of Robinson with Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and Larry Doby. Wear throughout largely taking the form of pronounced fold lines, some of which have toned over. Interior is unscored: VG ($400-$600) $248.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 810 Kansas City themed autographed baseball with Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith c.1970s. Reach J.Cronin Official American League baseball has been signed by (36) former Negro and Major League players along with others whom all share the common bond of having played or been involved with baseball in Kansas City or the Missouri region. Notables include Satchel Paige, Hilton Smith, Connie Johnson, Hank Bauer, Ed Dwight, Buck O'Neil, Glenn Wright, Jim Zinn, Yank Duncan, Pete Compton, and others. Ink signatures (several in block letter form) rate 8 to 8/9 out of 10. Ball displays a hint of light cream coloration with a few very small spots of more pronounced toning and retains bold League stampings. Includes auction LOA from JSA: NM ($500-$750) $396.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 811 Rare Willard Brown single signed baseball. Rawlings L.MacPhail Official American League baseball has been signed on the side panel in customary position, "Willard Brown." Blue marker signature rates 7/8 out of 10; ball displays mild toning. A 2006 Veteran's Committee Inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Brown is most noted for a fine Negro League career which proceeded his brief stint in the Major Leagues. Includes original Rawlings box (VG-EX) and auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT ($2,000-$3,000) $2,970.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 812 Allen University baseball team photograph c.1910s. Cabinet mounted sepia toned photograph of an early team of African American students. Players can be seen in period uniforms with equipment and are joined by a number of well dressed personnel and mascot. Photo wear confined to edges (small tears and chip at lower left) and a touch of mild silvering with toned upper right corner. Mount has scattered wear and scuffing along with some heavy creases (lower right corner is secured on by tape) and has "Johnston's Studios" raised seal at lower right: GD-VG ($250-$500) $200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 813 Important "Play Ball" movie poster featuring Babe Ruth c.1932. The years following World War I brought great social and technological change to America. Automobiles and trucks were in mass production and the population was on the move like never before. Suburban life was booming. As livable geographical area spread updated radio networks allowed for city dwellers and rural farmers alike to keep abreast of the goings on. An advertising executive in Manhattan could listen to the same broadcast as a coal miner in Pittsburgh and a farmer's son in Ohio. Although television would not be widely available on a commercial basis until the late 1920s, the staple of nearly every small town in American was their theater. The populous turned out in droves, most attending at least once a week, to watch live performances, view newsreels, and see the latest movies. It is said that although most Americans could not name their politicians, nearly all knew leading actors and actresses. Noted at the time as the "largest and most magnificent theater between New York and Buffalo", Keeney's Theater in Elmira, NY opened on December 21, 1925. Ownership spared no expense appointing the venue in grand period decor with large murals and gold leaf accents. A capacity crowd of 2,500 could settle in to enjoy vaudeville acts, silent films, and later "talkies." So noble were the accommodations that the building stands to this day. Babe Ruth burst onto the baseball scene in the early 1920s displaying a prowess at the plate which had never been seen. A larger than life figure both on and off the field, in short order Ruth was an idol to millions. Following the 1919 World Series the game had been rocked by scandal leaving a good many fans disillusioned and Ruth alone gave them reason to come back. A new stadium was built in the Bronx to house those who ventured out to see him play and when on the road he filled stadiums to capacity. In an era when -fame+ was a relatively new concept, his new found notoriety was seized upon; Ruth+s name and likeness was lent to countless products and promotions. In a shrinking America now better connected by radio and film, The Babe was a star with national radio shows and silent films under his belt. In 1932 he made his "talkie" debut in a series of shorts entitled, "Play Ball." "Play Ball" starred Ruth as himself directed by Carl Laemmle and was put out by Universal Pictures as part of the Christy Walsh All American Sport Reels. Customary at the time was promotion through posters which would be put on display to announce new releases and current showings. In an era before television commercials, these were the driving force behind gate receipts and ultimately the success of any given film. Some of the most talented artists of the period created visual appeal through bold and well conceived graphics. Fragile by nature and intended only for short term use there are many films for which posters have been lost to time. In other cases there are noted rarities and some which are sought after purely for their visual appeal. In the case of "Play Ball" these factors combine to produce one of the most desirable movie posters of both the sports and Hollywood collecting fields. We have handled many items which are appropriately labeled rare and fewer still which count known examples on one hand. We are proud to offer this newly discovered "Play Ball" poster which represents only the second to have come to auction and it is quite likely that it will remain a singular opportunity. Extraordinary one-sheet poster done in classic period style features a large illustrated likeness of Ruth in pinstripes set over a small visage of fans and players in a stadium. Vibrant orange coloration serves as an eye catching background with "Play Ball" and "Babe Ruth" displayed prominently in block lettering. Additional credits include mention of Director Carl Laemmle, Universal Studios, and the Christy Walsh All American Sports Reels series. Measuring a standard 27"x41", the poster was mounted to board in the period for on-site display (29"x47.5" overall) retaining desirable "at The Keeney" hand painted titling at bottom. Additionally, the backing to the board retains period chalk graphics of a scoreboard style display listing various Major League teams likely used as a gambling piece in a bar or restaurant of the era. The offered specimen was recently discovered within the Elmira, NY area and has never been previously documented nor offered. When found there was soiling throughout, the result of decades of improper storage which had in actuality aided in its survival. For presentation purposes only some minor professional conservation work of a cosmetic nature was performed, however in the interest of maintaining the charm and originality of the piece this was essentially limited to a light surface cleaning. If so desired, the poster could certainly benefit from a more extensive restoration which would visually eliminate any mentionable condition flaws. Light even toning throughout with several other areas of slightly more pronounced discoloration almost all falling in, or within a few inches of, the borders. Scattered wear includes some bubbling to surface, a few small chips and scuffs (most notably two scuffs near Ruth's leg and what appears to an "E" scratched into surface at lower right), pair of small holes at lower right side, and a split/tear which runs approximately 3" in from left edge and horizontal center line. Board itself has wear at corner/edges. Noted condition issues having been mentioned for technical accuracy, the poster retains striking visual appeal and remains one of the most incredible player endorsed display pieces ever created. Framed for display to the highest standards of quality: EX ($100,000-$200,000) $45,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 814 Babe Ruth autographed check framed with original "Called Shot" painting by Jason Walker. Lifelike original artwork created for use in production of a collector plate by The Bradford Exchange. Ruth is shown at bat, at the moment of his fabled "Called Shot", and in portrait form. Signed within the work at lower edge, "Jason Walker." Framed for display in gallery style to 32"x36" with "G.H.Ruth" signed personal check (fountain pen rating 8 out of 10). Check is dated December 2, 1938 and made payable in his hand. Displays in fine condition with one light crease and typical cancellation holes. Includes auction LOA from JSA and additional COA: Check EX/MT-NM, Painting NM-MTBabe Ruth autographed check framed with original "Called Shot" painting by Jason Walker. Lifelike original artwork created for use in production of a collector plate by The Bradford Exchange. Ruth is shown at bat, at the moment of his fabled "Called Shot", and in portrait form. Signed within the work at lower edge, "Jason Walker." Framed for display in gallery style to 32"x36" with "G.H.Ruth" signed personal check (fountain pen rating 8 out of 10). Check is dated December 2, 1938 and made payable in his hand. Displays in fine condition with one light crease and typical cancellation holes. Includes auction LOA from JSA and additional COA: Check EX/MT-NM, Painting NM-MT ($3,000-$5,000) $2,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 815 Babe Ruth c.1930s autographed photograph. Sepia toned image has been signed on the front, "Babe Ruth" in period fountain pen rating 8-8/9 out of 10. Displays a hint of mild silvering and touch of minimal scattered wear. Tastefully displayed in 9.5"x12" frame (photo measures approx. 4"x5.5"). Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT ($3,000-$4,000) $2,850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 816 Lou Gehrig c.1933-1934 autographed album page in ornate World's Fair album. Bold fountain pen "Lou Gehrig" signature rating 8 out of 10 remains within string bound autograph album which features an ornate "Century of Progress" embossed cover design. Several other authentic autographs appear throughout (including HOFers Joe McCarthy and Joe Sewell) and there are a number of non-malicious period secretarial/clubhouse "signatures" as well. Touch of light wear throughout. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Overall EX/MT, Gehrig sig. NM ($2,000-$3,000) $1,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 817 Fine Lou Gehrig "Merry Christmas" single signed baseball c.1930s. Reach W.Harridge Official American League baseball has been signed on the side panel, "Merry Christmas to Tommy, Lou Gehrig." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 6/7 out of 10 and has very slightly faded below a coat of shellac applied long ago to aid in preservation. Ball otherwise displays a light even cream coloration with a touch of minute wear mentioned purely for accuracy. With note to the rarity of Gehrig single signed baseballs and further desirability added by the "Merry Christmas" sentiment, we offer this representation as one of a select grouping of upper tier examples which we have brought to auction. Includes full LOA from JSA and typewritten statement relaying history: Overall EX/MT ($15,000-$25,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 819 Babe Ruth single signed baseball c.1940s. Reach W.Harridge Official American League baseball has been signed boldy across the sweet spot, "Babe Ruth." Signature rates a strong 8/9 out of 10. Ball displays light even toning and remains quite clean overall with a small blemish to upper panel and a hint of other light wear (mentioned for accuracy). Includes auction LOA from JSA: Overall EX/MT ($15,000-$20,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 820 1927 New York Yankees team signed baseball (World Series Champions). Led by a lineup so devastating they were known simply as "Murder's Row", the team fielded in New York for the 1927 season has spawned more lore and admiration than any other in modern American sports history. After losing to St Louis in the 1926 World Series the Yankees were strong out of the gate in 27 and by season's end finished (19) games ahead in American League. The World Series followed suite as they swept the Pittsburgh Pirates to take home a championship title. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson Official American League baseball has been signed by (22) including Gehrig, Combs, Koenig, Wera, Grabowski, Paschal, Pipgras, Giard, Meusel, Collins, Dugan, Hoyt, Shocker, Gazella, Bengough, Ruether, Dugan, Shawkey, Lazzeri, Woore, and Pennock. As is more often than not the case, the Babe Ruth signature (sweet spot) is clubhouse signed. Period fountain pen signatures rate 5/6 to 7/8 out of 10 with most falling at 6/7 level. Ball displays mild toning with touch of very isolated "wear" mostly taking the form of a few very small chips to leather (around laces near sweet spot). Manufacturer and league stampings remain well defined. Suitable representation of one of the most desirable team signed baseballs within the field. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Overall EX-EX/MT ($5,000-$10,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 822 Babe Ruth single signed "Home Run Special" baseball with original box c.1930s. Desirable orange and blue stitched Spalding Babe Ruth signature model Home Run Special baseball has been signed across the sweet spot, "Babe Ruth." Period fountain pen signature rates 6/7 to 7 out of 10 offering fine contrast against cream colored background. Ball displays light mostly even toning with a touch of fading to stampings. Includes original box which has Ruth image printed on one side alternating with the Spalding logo and his facsimile signature. Box displays at VG level with scattered wear, some light creasing, one panel with heavier wear/tearing, and missing lid/flaps. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball EX-EX/MT, Box displays VG ($6,000-$8,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 823 1935 Babe Ruth "Pro Ball Players of America" autographed personal check. October 12, 1935 dated personal check filled out entirely in his hand and signed at lower right, "G.H. Ruth." Signature rates 8 to 8/9 out of 10. Check displays typical bank cancellations with visible wear limited to a light vertical crease. Housed within 16.5"x22.5" framed display with (modern) black and white photograph. Appealing example is one of a select few Ruth checks which are relevant to his standing in the game's history with "Pro Ball Players of America" filled in as payee. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT-NM ($3,000-$5,000) $2,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 824 1929 New York Yankees team signed baseball. Reach E.S. Barnard Official American League baseball has been signed by (18) including Ruth, Gehrig, Pennock, Hoyt, Grabowski, Combs, Durocher, Bengough, Meusel, Lazzeri, Dickey, Koenig, and others. Fountain pen signatures generally rate 4/5 to 6/7 out of 10 with a few lesser. Ball has period coat of shellac applied which has toned and there are a few very small specs/streaks of surface loss. League stampings remain well defined. Includes auction LOA from JSA: VG ($3,000-$5,000) $2,750.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 825 Babe Ruth autographed baseball attributed to his 701st Home Run. On July 14, 1934 Cornelia Gaines travelled to work at Detroit's Navin Field at Michigan and Trumbull. Gaines was employed as the head of concessions at the Tigers home stadium. The previous game on July 13th between the Yankees and Tigers had drawn national interest as Babe Ruth belted his historic 700th career home run. Cornelia Gaines had been working during that historic game as well and bore witness to Babe Ruth himself seeking out the individual who caught the record baseball. As reported by the "Detroit News" newspaper in the period, Ruth shouted to Yankees third base coach Art Fletcher , "Get that ball Art. I gotta get that ball !" as he rounded the bases after hitting the home run. Subsequently, Ruth happily paid young Lennie Beals $20 for the treasured baseball which he had retrieved after sailing over the right field fence of Navin Field onto Trumbull Ave. Ruth was later pictured with Beals after the game and remarked, "I didn't want to lose my 700th ball." The following day the Yankees battled the Tigers once again in competition for the AL pennant with the Detroit club outlasting the Yanks by a final score of 12 to 11. In the top of the fourth inning Babe Ruth hit his 701st home run off of Tigers pitcher Elden Auker. As recalled by Auker he tried to come inside on Ruth+s hands and missed allowing the Babe to blast the ball into the stands for #701. According to family history as recounted by Cornelia Gaines she sought out a young man who had retrieved the home run ball and, in similar fashion as Babe Ruth had done just one day earlier, presented the young man with $20 in exchange for the baseball to which he obliged. After the game Ms. Gaines was escorted by the groundskeeper to the locker room to meet Babe Ruth where he autographed the aforementioned baseball. The ball itself is William Harridge American League ball having blue stampings on the sweet spot of a red stitched ball appropriate in relevance to the 1934 dating of the home run. Ball exhibits evident game use inclusive of surface soiling and at least two areas of visible impact. Signed in blue fountain pen by Ruth on a side panel rating 7 out of 10 with signature style consistent to other exemplars of the mid 1930s era. Also included with the Ruth signed baseball are several Detroit Tigers signed pieces from the Gaines family collection to include: 1934 carved wooden Tiger having been signed with player names on the reverse by a clubhouse employee in the period along with (1) vintage Detroit Tigers signed baseball dating to the 1934 team and (1) vintage c.1930s-1940s signed baseball with Tigers players and others. Several period articles with relation to Ruth+s home run #s 700 and 701 are also included as well as a copy of a photograph taken in 1946 of Cornelia (Gaines) Wilson holding her grandson Robert J. Koffron, Jr. whose family the ball has descended within. While impossible to fully corroborate the precise history or attribution of the offered baseball we are confident to report its uninterrupted residence within the family of Cornelia Gaines until its current offering. Upon consideration of the substantive supportive materials included with the baseball in addition to the irrefutable facets of the piece (ball dating, signature authenticity, and presence of Ms. Gaines at Navin Field as an employee of the Tigers) the veracity of the attribution is extremely compelling. Offerings of sourced Babe Ruth home baseballs at the 600 or 700 career total number level are exceedingly scarce with only a handful to have entered the marketplace inclusive of Ruth's 702nd Home Run ball which we offered at auction in 2010. Very fine piece which is being offered publicly for the first time. Includes auction LOA from JSA (signature/ball dating) and notarized letter from Cornelia Gaines: Ball: VG-EX, Signature: EX-EX/MTBabe Ruth autographed baseball attributed to his 701st Home Run. On July 14, 1934 Cornelia Gaines travelled to work at Detroit's Navin Field at Michigan and Trumbull. Gaines was employed as the head of concessions at the Tigers home stadium. The previous game on July 13th between the Yankees and Tigers had drawn national interest as Babe Ruth belted his historic 700th career home run. Cornelia Gaines had been working during that historic game as well and bore witness to Babe Ruth himself seeking out the individual who caught the record baseball. As reported by the "Detroit News" newspaper in the period, Ruth shouted to Yankees third base coach Art Fletcher , "Get that ball Art. I gotta get that ball !" as he rounded the bases after hitting the home run. Subsequently, Ruth happily paid young Lennie Beals $20 for the treasured baseball which he had retrieved after sailing over the right field fence of Navin Field onto Trumbull Ave. Ruth was later pictured with Beals after the game and remarked, "I didn't want to lose my 700th ball." The following day the Yankees battled the Tigers once again in competition for the AL pennant with the Detroit club outlasting the Yanks by a final score of 12 to 11. In the top of the fourth inning Babe Ruth hit his 701st home run off of Tigers pitcher Elden Auker. As recalled by Auker he tried to come inside on Ruth+s hands and missed allowing the Babe to blast the ball into the stands for #701. According to family history as recounted by Cornelia Gaines she sought out a young man who had retrieved the home run ball and, in similar fashion as Babe Ruth had done just one day earlier, presented the young man with $20 in exchange for the baseball to which he obliged. After the game Ms. Gaines was escorted by the groundskeeper to the locker room to meet Babe Ruth where he autographed the aforementioned baseball. The ball itself is William Harridge American League ball having blue stampings on the sweet spot of a red stitched ball appropriate in relevance to the 1934 dating of the home run. Ball exhibits evident game use inclusive of surface soiling and at least two areas of visible impact. Signed in blue fountain pen by Ruth on a side panel rating 7 out of 10 with signature style consistent to other exemplars of the mid 1930s era. Also included with the Ruth signed baseball are several Detroit Tigers signed pieces from the Gaines family collection to include: 1934 carved wooden Tiger having been signed with player names on the reverse by a clubhouse employee in the period along with (1) vintage Detroit Tigers signed baseball dating to the 1934 team and (1) vintage c.1930s-1940s signed baseball with Tigers players and others. Several period articles with relation to Ruth+s home run #s 700 and 701 are also included as well as a copy of a photograph taken in 1946 of Cornelia (Gaines) Wilson holding her grandson Robert J. Koffron, Jr. whose family the ball has descended within. While impossible to fully corroborate the precise history or attribution of the offered baseball we are confident to report its uninterrupted residence within the family of Cornelia Gaines until its current offering. Upon consideration of the substantive supportive materials included with the baseball in addition to the irrefutable facets of the piece (ball dating, signature authenticity, and presence of Ms. Gaines at Navin Field as an employee of the Tigers) the veracity of the attribution is extremely compelling. Offerings of sourced Babe Ruth home baseballs at the 600 or 700 career total number level are exceedingly scarce with only a handful to have entered the marketplace inclusive of Ruth's 702nd Home Run ball which we offered at auction in 2010. Very fine piece which is being offered publicly for the first time. Includes auction LOA from JSA (signature/ball dating) and notarized letter from Cornelia Gaines: Ball: VG-EX, Signature: EX-EX/MT ($50,000-$100,000) $40,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 826 Remarkable Babe Ruth single signed baseball c.early 1920s. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson Official American League baseball has been signed across the sweet spot, "Babe Ruth" in fountain pen rating 7/8 to 8 out of 10. Ball displays even toning and a touch of light scattered wear. Important example can be dated through both signature style employed and era of baseball manufacture to the earliest period of Ruth's storied career with the Yankees. The rarity of quality examples attributed to these formative years can not be overstated with this being one of only a handful we have sold in nearly (20) years. Includes full LOA from JSA: Ball EX. Sig. EX/MT-NM ($15,000-$20,000) $30,000.00
 
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