Of all the thousands and thousands of players who have donned a major league uniform, none has had more impact on the game than “Babe” Ruth. Truly a larger than life figure, Ruth was a tremendous baseball ambassador who eagerly embraced fans with handshakes, smiles and autographs. Embrace “The Babe’s” legacy with this outstanding single-signed ball. This well-preserved sphere shows amazing detail with bold stampings, tight red and black stitching and fairly clean panels, displaying as (EX-MT). Ruth’s coveted signature is ideally located on the sweet spot. Though portions of this must-have signature are a bit faint, all letters remain visible to merit a desirable (“5”) rating. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
This worthy collectible treasure is accompanied by a JSA full letter of authenticity and a separate 2008 JSA “estimated evaluation of the retail price for the autograph item” which lists an “Approximate Retail Value” of $9,000.00. Both of these documents note the ball as dating from the 1920-1924 era. Spalding factory stamps on this ball indicate it is actually a 1917-1918 type without an east panel league president stamp. The stamps include the words “Cork” and Center” on either side of the word “Official” and “Patented August 31, 1909” on the reverse sweet spot position and the trademark logo on the south panel is a “wide-stitching” type.