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Babe Ruth 1934 Autographed Letter - PSA/DNA 9

Lot Number 449

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Simple statistics convey Babe Ruth’s remarkable athleticism. Even more remarkable, however, was his ability to maintain his skills and, despite circumstances beyond Ruth’s control, his consistent persona and compliance in his role as a colossal cultural icon. This Ruth autograph was composed near the tail end of his legendary playing career. Harnessed by economic turmoil and unyielding executives, Ruth’s on-field performance diminished. But his acceptance and love of the adoring masses never waned in the slightest. Nor did his penmanship in this response to a fan’s autograph request. The medium is an 8-3/8 x 10” sheet of vintage typing paper. Composed by a Wellsville, New York resident, the correspondence is dated “Jan. 22, 1934” and details an autograph request closing with: “Thanking you for any inconvenience that I may have caused you by asking this favor and trusting the new year will bring a new home run record in your favor.” That was all Ruth needed to read. He responded with one of the most magnificent scriptings we’ve encountered. Executed just below the typewritten text in black-ink steel tip fountain pen and Graded 9 by PSA/DNA, Ruth’s bold penning is deserving of its lofty technical assessment. Just above, an additional signature is unidentified and presumably that of the autograph seeker. The page has normal mailing folds (which do not affect Ruth’s signature in any way) and sporadic ink remnants from the page having been folded and pressed against Ruth’s powerful signature. Less than two weeks shy of his 39th birthday upon signing this page, Ruth went on to club 22 home runs (including the 700th of his career) in his last season with the New York Yankees. In the midst of the Great Depression, Ruth’s salary had been trimmed from $52,000 to $35,000, yet he remained the game’s highest-paid player. In summary, he was still the game’s most glorified performer and this autograph signifies his willing acceptance of that status. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $3000-$5000).

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