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1928-1930 Babe Ruth and Silent Film Stars Multi-Signed Baseball - Full JSA

Lot Number 1399

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For Americans of all ages, the Saturday matinee was an enjoyable endeavor back in the 1920s – be it at the ballpark or in the local movie house. Celebrated icons from both came together to autograph this baseball! The vintage unofficial “Wilson” sphere shows absolutely incredible preservation, with a gorgeous clean and creamy surface free of blemishes or toning of any degree. The signatures, we assume, were gathered at different events and, of course, have been executed by stars from altogether different entertainment genres. It's a good bet, however, that the thespian endorsements (and possibly that of Ruth) were placed while on the set for the 1928 production of "Speedy," a Harold Lloyd silent film in which Ruth makes an appearance hailing a taxi cab. Ranging from (“9”) to (“5-6”) in terms of strength and clarity, the black-ink steel tip fountain pen signatures are headlined by the one and only Babe Ruth, who has signed the keepsake twice. Defined as a ballplayer, yes, Ruth was the ultimate entertainer, transcending those on the playing field, stage and screen. Not content with the endorsement of Ruth and his diamond contemporaries, the autograph seeker acquired the pennings of several silent film stars of the era. In all, we count (24) signatures. Among the known ballplayers/film stars are: Sweet Spot: Babe Ruth (“8” strength; inscribed “Oct 27 1930”); North Panel: Babe Ruth (“7” strength); South Panel: Earl McNeely, Walter Hiers (d.1933), Buster Keaton (“6” strength) and Mildred Davis; West Panel: Lefty Thomas (d.1952), Ken Penner (d.1959), Ping Bodie and Ray French; East Panel: Bob Meusel and Harry Cohn; Reverse Sweet Spot: Wes Griffin. Again, the specific times of these autographs remain a mystery, as several of the ballplayers were active in 1930 (the date inscribed in Ruth’s hand), and some were not. Bodie, for one, was through playing by 1921. Ruth’s first roommate with the Yankees, Bodie was asked what it was like to room with Ruth. Said Bodie: “I don’t room with him. I room with his suitcase.” Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA.



 
 
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