Choice fountain pen signature, “Sincerely, Babe Ruth,” on an off-white 5.5 x 3.25 album page. In very fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA.
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Classic matte-finish 7 x 9 photo of Ruth in his Yankees pinstripe pants, showing off his mighty swing, boldly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To my good friend Jack Musante, Sincerely, Babe Ruth 3-12-47.” Archivally triple-cloth-matted in a pinstripe theme and framed to an overall size of 17 x 19; the mat is cut slightly irregularly on the left side to fit the full inscription. In very good to fine condition, with some scattered light foxing and spotting and a crease or small tear to the lower left edge; the signature and inscription are bold and attractive, ideally signed against the light background. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. The month after signing this photo, on April 27, 1947, the Yankees celebrated ‘Babe Ruth Day’ at Yankee stadium, honoring the slugger and his legendary career.
Classic glossy 8 x 10 photo, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To my friend Benny Baxter, From ‘Babe’ Ruth, Jan 15th 1928.” In very good condition, with a few moderate horizontal creases, scattered soiling, and a significant surface abrasion to upper right. Baxter was one of Ruth’s good friends, and during the off-season he would travel to North Carolina to go duck hunting with Baxter as a guide. This particular image of Ruth was taken in early 1927 by Sussman and used on the box cover of one of the many products he endorsed, Babe Ruth All-American Underwear. A desirable publicity image dating to the prime of his career. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
DS, one page, 8.5 x 11, October 16, 1940. Unissued 1940 World’s Fair Academy of Sport attendance certificate, which reads, in part: “This is to Certify that…attended instruction at the Academy of Sport New York World’s Fair and he is hereby commended for his interest in Sport and his intentions to practice the ideals of Sportsmanship and Clean Competition as exemplified by the Baseball and Football leaders who have instructed him.” Signed at the conclusion by Ruth, and also signed by Ruth’s agent Christy Walsh. Scattered soiling, a few edge dings, as well as a few creases to corners and edges (upper left corner tip missing), otherwise fine condition. A seldom-seen memento of the home-run champion’s ever-enduring love of the game, and the young fans who would carry it into the future. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Excellent fountain pen signature, “Sincerely, Babe Ruth, 3-9-42,” on an off-white book page. Double-matted and framed with a portrait of Ruth in his Yankees road uniform to an overall size of 12.25 x 19. In very fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA, which notes an inscription to the page as well, which has been tastefully matted out in the presentation. A fantastic signature acquired by a lucky fan, most likely during one of Ruth’s many personal appearances on behalf of the war effort. RR Auction COA.
Official MacGregor–Goldsmith Pioneer League baseball signed in black fountain pen on a side panel, “Sincerely, Babe Ruth.” Signature dates from between 1946-1948. In fine condition, apparently cleaned or sanded, with a few light ink remnants of possibly removed signatures. Accompanied by a full letter of grading and authenticity from PSA/DNA, grading the autograph a “7,” the ball a “2,” and the overall grade a “4.5.” A particularly bold signature, with Ruth adding a seldom-seen sentiment, which he rarely did on baseballs. RR Auction COA.
Program from the Blind Brook Turf and Polo Club of Port Chester, New York, dated June 11, 1939, 6 x 9, signed at the top in fountain pen and dated in another hand. Attractively double-matted and framed with an unsigned photo of Ruth with the Yankees to an overall size of 21.25 x 15.75. In very good condition, with light scattered dampstaining and an unobtrusive tear extending from the top edge to the top of the ‘R.’ Less than a month later, Ruth would speak at ‘Lou Gehrig Day,’ during which Gehrig announced his early retirement. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Official Reach Ban Johnson American League baseball signed in ink on the sweet spot by Babe Ruth, and on the side panels by legends including Lou Gehrig, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, George Sisler, Connie Mack, Heinie Manush, Bob Meusel, and a few indecipherable. Overall toning and moderate scattered surface loss and scuffs to leather (primarily affecting Sisler’s signature, with a few marks to Ruth’s), and most signatures a couple shades light but legible. Luckily, the key signatures—Ruth and Gehrig—have been spared from most damage and are easily readable. Baseballs with such an extraordinary assemblage of stars are highly sought after, especially on the gorgeous vintage red-and-blue stitched Ban Johnson type. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Exquisite vintage 5.5 x 3.5 real photo postcard, signed in fountain pen, “George H. Babe Ruth” and “J. Ruppert.” Original collector’s note to the reverse reads, in part: “I obtained these autographs on March 20, 1934 at the Braves Waterfront Park winter quarters. Babe Ruth was just returning to his playing position left field, for the Yanks & I ran out on the field & asked him to sign this. Just after he was taken out of the game because many more autograph seekers collected near by.” Encapsulated in a plastic PSA/DNA authentication holder, and accompanied by a full PSA/DNA letter of authenticity grading the Ruth autograph an 8 and the Ruppert a 7. Some trivial foxing and silvering to the image, slight irregular adhesion to the signatures, and a couple small spots of surface loss to the reverse, otherwise fine condition. An exceedingly rare full name signature of the legendary New York slugger. RR Auction COA.
Vintage 3.75 x 5 full-length photo of Ruth at the plate in his Yankees road uniform, following the ball after a gargantuan swing, signed in fountain pen, “Babe Ruth.” Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 14 x 15.5. Two horizontal creases through image, other scattered creases, surface impressions to top right from notations on reverse, and scattered crazing, otherwise very good condition. Ruth’s signature is largely unaffected by the physical flaws of the photo. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.