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HERE IT IS!!!!! The exemplar of the autograph collecting hobby! A Babe Ruth single signed baseball! Offered here is a vintage Babe Ruth single signed baseball. The ball is dated "April 24, 1923" and "Toronto 8 New York 1" (Suggesting probable Game Use), making this a very rare and old example of a Babe Ruth signature. The game use cannot be 100% verified, but scores were inscribed on baseballs usually only when they were game used. Plus the ball appears to be game used. The quotes around "Babe" are present in the signature, a very rare variation than appeared early in Ruth's career only. This is a B. Bancroft "Ban" Johnson Official American League Ball, and the earlier and more valuable 1917-1924 model. The autograph is partially on the side panel and runs onto the sweet spot, with the inscription right underneath it.
This is the very desirable first version of the Ban Johnson Official American League Baseball. These baseballs can go as high as $5000 unsigned because they are so rare.
As for the condition. The signature of Babe Ruth is very good for a ball that's around 89 years old, probably a "3" or "4". The ball is in somewhat worse condition, with the stampings in bad condition but legible. Overall, this is a solid Babe Ruth single signed baseball that won't cost you $20,000.
This ball has been fully authenticated by James Spence Authentication (JSA) and comes with a full Letter of Authenticity from them. Check the verification online by going to spenceloa.com. The certification # is X44280, and the tamper evident sticker appears on the LOA. JSA is known as the best in the business when it comes to authenticating sports autographs. Don't be fooled by "guaranteed authentic" or "guaranteed to pass authentication". Get an item that already has passed authentication!
I normally do not use reserves in auctions, but this ball is simply to valuable for me to risk it. However, the reserve is much less than the market value for this type of item. Plus, if the price gets close enough to the reserve I will sell the item. SO BID EARLY AND OFTEN TO ENSURE YOU GET THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME BALL!!!!!
GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY BIDDING!!!!!!!!!
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On Jul-16-12 at 09:10:23 PDT, seller added the following information:
Ball comes in a UV Protective case for display!