Superb Babe Ruth Signed OAL Ball, (Signature = MINT 9, Ball = EX 5) Overall Graded PSA 7.5Go Back
Superb Babe Ruth Signed OAL Ball, (Signature = MINT 9, Ball = EX 5) Overall Graded PSA 7.5
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Perhaps all of us, to some degree, bear the guilt of commercializing Babe Ruth artifacts. The Ruth identity and the tangibles that survive, with every element that ever filtered past his life, are today viewed through the prism of exchange value. And sadly, a measure of the import of his being is oft-neglected. We’re well to remind ourselves from time to time that there was in him a foundation of profound social worth – with an economic worth that is purely an ancillary by-product. Almost by divine fortuity, he arrived at the precise moment to reverse the damage done by the scandalous baseball of 1919. And then through a career of genuine and commanding might he powered the National Pastime to incalculable glory. Incumbent on a figure of this magnitude is public diplomacy. To be sure, Babe Ruth’s personal life sometimes functioned at the perimeter. But innately, it seems he never trespassed into that frontier of public disapproval. He exactly understood his premium station in life, and as the consummate ambassador of the game, he always postured himself to the role, ideally to blueprint. The numbers he registered on the diamond left a wake of public adulation previously unknown in the American experience. And to the diminishing hours of his life, he never withdrew from his appointed responsibility to the cheering throngs. It was in life’s twilight that he graciously penned his identity on this baseball. In the uniquely beautiful flow of his hand, he delivered this sweet spot autograph for one admiring fan. We’re told (but we can’t decisively assert) that this signing dates to 1948. The medium supports the notion as it’s an official American League ball holding the period stampings of Will Harridge. The stampings are now rather faded, and the ball has taken on a uniform toning to its otherwise smooth surface. And the baseball’s condition has warranted a PSA quality of EX 5. The intensity of the signature itself, however, has merited MINT 9 and, as is evident in our photograph, that assessment is fully substantiated. The composite grade for this Ruthian-signed baseball then arrives at NM+ 7.5 – an evaluation that we’re content to accept. For that matter, it should be hoped that a baseball emanating such a magnificent autograph would necessarily evidence a good measure of antiquity.
PSA-DNA Auction House Letter, James Spence Authentication
American League,Ball,Baseball,Signed,Uniform Babe Ruth,Will Harridge
Auction End: 18-May-05 Post Views: 6111
Price; $0.00 – $5,000.00