Early Babe Ruth Single-Signed OAL Ban Johnson Baseball 
Lot Number 460
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Among the myriad of stories about the great Babe Ruth are dozens of tales of the great homerun hitter’s promise to hit one for a sick child. And more often than not, the tales were not all apocryphal, as the Bambino would indeed slug a homer on the day he said he would. When Ruth was not hitting balls out of the park for the kids, he was usually signing them for the hoards of children that followed him everywhere. Presented is a vintage Official Reach American League Ban Johnson red-and-blue stitch baseball signed on the sweet spot by Babe Ruth. The signature is fully legible although faint in areas. Each letter in Ruth’s script is discernible with the “R” being the lightest of all letters, overall grading (“3-4”). The ball is dated ”1921” on the south panel directly below the Ruth (d.1948) signature. The date is in the same color ink as the signature with a similar slant to the script, but it is unclear if Ruth himself added this dated. The OAL Reach Ban Johnson baseball is in very nice condition with tight stitching and limited toning. The ball does exhibit light abrasions (“5”) with the official stampings remaining crystal clear (“7-8”) for an overall grade of (“6”) for the ball. As one of the earliest Babe Ruth single-signed baseballs, this relic may have been signed during Ruth’s greatest season. The 1921 campaign saw Ruth best career totals in batting average, runs scored, RBIs, triples, stolen bases, at bats, plus his second best totals for homeruns, doubles, hits and slugging percentage. The “Sultan of Swat” is still the king, so do not pass up a fine opportunity to obtain an early Ruth signed baseball. COA from James Spence Authentications. 
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