Winter Classic Auction 3 - 24 - 2019
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Presented is a very exciting example of a Babe Ruth signed baseball. This ball, which is brand new to the hobby, was signed on October 11th, 1927 at one of the most celebrated barnstorming baseball games in history. That day, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig of the world’s champion New York Yankees opened their exhibition barnstorming tour, playing against the Negro League’s Brooklyn Royal Giants in Trenton, NJ before a huge raucous crowd. This beautiful baseball is a Spalding “Babe Ruth Special” baseball that is just as clean as the day it was purchased in 1927. The leather is snow-white and smooth to the touch without blemishes or scuffing. The stitching is bold and dark, the alternating red and black stitches are tight and 100% intact. The signature and inscription are faded from time, however they are still readable. The autograph is large and well-constructed, a classic Ruth signature worthy of any collection. The ball is consigned by the family of the original owner “Marty” to whom the ball is personalized.

The game was one for the history books… Babe Ruth’s third home run of the afternoon broke-up the exhibition game in the eighth inning, which the Bustin' Babes were winning 9 to 4 at the time.

Twice before the inning, as Ruth lifted the ball over the right field wall, hundreds of boys swarmed into the field to romp from third to home with the King of Swat, each time holding up the game for fifteen minutes before the field could be cleared. However, after his third homer with two on base, officials found it impossible to get the fans from the field and the game was called. The “Bustin’ Babes” and Gehrig’s team, the “Larrupin’ Lous” would tour the country heading south and west as the winter crept into the northeast. They battled local semi-pro teams and many well-established Negro League teams. Authentication by James Spence Authentication (JSA)

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Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,853.85
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Monday, March 25, 2019.
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