This rare autographed Babe Ruth bat is up for
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An original, near-pristine, and extremely rare autographed Babe Ruth model bat is now available as part of the âYankees Legends Auctionâ at Steiner Sports (www.steinersports.com). The brown bat, a promotional model circa 1933, was signed by the âBambinoâ with a steel-tipped pen between the trademark and the branded signature, and has been authenticated by James Spence Authentication as one of the highest-rated Ruth pieces ever.
Bidding on the bat closes on April 4. As with all Steiner auctions, the bidding started at $1. It is now up to $17,700 (see the latest bid)
âThis is one of the crown jewel pieces that we have ever been entrusted with at Steiner Sports,â said Steiner Sports Founder Brandon Steiner. âThe fact that so few Ruth-signed bats exist, and that this one is in such outstanding condition make it the ultimate collectible related to the sport's most famous player of all time.â
How unique a find is this piece? James Spence of Spence Authentication has seen about 15 in his more than 20 years in the field.
âThis bat represents the perfect scenario,â said Spence after rating the piece. âThe autograph itself is in such outstanding condition. Such great care was taken by the folks who had Ruth sign the bat â there are no smudge marks, it hasn't faded, and the line is perfectly smooth. It's a great find.â
The Steiner Sports Yankees Legends Auction includes rare items from historic Yankee Stadium and past champions like Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle as well as today's stars such as Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
Source: Steiner Auctions
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