August Live 2014
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Babe Ruth may have been the most prolific signer the world has ever known. He autographed mountains of baseballs, miles of paper, and myriad other sundries. Yet there is one medium which somehow eluded the Big Bam during his lifetime: Hall of Fame Postcards.
Ruth was there at the famed 1939 inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony (celebrating both Cooperstown's grand opening and baseball's 100th anniversary) right around when the 1939-43 Sepia Postcards made their debut. And he lived through several years of the 1944-52 Albertype Postcards series before his death in 1948. Yet to date, we are only aware of three other Ruth HOF Postcards (a Sepia and two Albertypes) that have ever surfaced publicly at auction—one of which sold for a record $62,000 in 2009. Among advanced autograph collectors, Babe's plaque postcard has achieved near-mythical status due to the confluence of its being not only the most desirable subject imaginable, but also arguably the set's rarest signature possible. Indeed, within the collecting sector of HOFer-signed items, a Ruth plaque postcard is a more exclusive acquisition than the best Ruth baseballs (attainable at upwards of $350,000) or Ruth bats ($100,000+) or even a Ruth contract.
Thus, it is with the utmost pride and pleasure that Legendary Auctions now unveils a previously undiscovered example that we believe to be the very finest survivor, reigning supreme by virtue of signature strength and preservation. Originating from a collection acquired in the Philadelphia area back in the 1970s, this elite offering (as well as the adjacent Eddie Collins and an additional 30 HOF Postcards in our upcoming August 27-28 catalog auction) has not seen the light of day ever since and is thus fresh to the hobby. Ruth's jet-black signature is an absolute eye-popping marvel against the white background, and overall condition is crisp, clean Near Mint aside from discreet corner lightening from long-term contact with album mounting tabs. Encapsulated and graded MINT 9 by PSA/DNA. Full LOA from JSA.
Ultra-Rare Babe Ruth Signed Black and White Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard - PSA/DNA MINT 9
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This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.