The Authentic Experience
Dave, It looks promising, and the certification is what makes it worth $4000 to $5000. The ball is proper to this being a pre-1928 signature (ergo the quotes on Babe).
As there is very little ink in key identifier areas to go by, without the ball in hand in this case, I wouldn't feel comfortable rendering a decision from an image, but going by what can be seen, it looks promising.
Not really enough there on the pictures to make a determination but the fact that JSA and PSA/DNA both deemed it authentic with ball in hand leads credence to the authenticity.
Not worth $5500 in my opinion in this condition even with the LOAs. If I were a collector, I would rather lay out $12K for the Tristar one offered here a month or so ago by the winner of that contest if it is still available.
If $5k was my limit, I would go for a team signed ball with a really nice Ruth on the sweet spot which can easily be found in major auctions at that price level.
Thanks for the reply. Since money is a factor, what do you think its worth?
$4000 or so in my opinion. You can get a really nice bold cut for that but if you must have a single signed Ruth, this is about the quality you can get already authenticated for $5K or less.
About 12 years ago, I too, had to have a Ruth single. I bought one a little weaker than this one at that time for $2K. It did not fullfill my need as it was barely legible with some letters missing. I kept if for a year or so and upgraded a few times over the years so that I eventually purchased a nice one. However, the quick "make a buck" came over me and I sold it in less than a month. Have handled others over the years but never one that nice and I have sold all of them so I currently have none.
Good luck in the quest. Affordable ones are out there. Best chance to get one is in a large auction where multiple similar condition Ruth singles are offered at one time. Some always get over looked.
Patience is the key to success.
I appreciate your wisdom, thank you for your time.
Just so you know, the ball sold for $2270 including the buyer's premium in the Heritage Auction last week so the Ebay seller is likely to take a reasonable offer possibly less than $4K.
I think you can do a lot better for $5K so I would keep looking but I wouldn't be too worried about the authenticity. Two experts in the field of autographs have examined this ball with all their bells and whistles and agree it is authentic.
You can sell an item with PSA/DNA and JSA LOAs at any time you wish through any major auction house if you ever decide to.
Who knows if that will be the case 20 years from now but it has been the case for the last 10 years or so and currently would be accepted without any further endorsement.
If you want more iron clad proof of authenticity, I would go with a Ruth check encapsulated by PSA/DNA that you can get for about $4-5K. Authenticated checks are not all that rare but give the owner additional confidence in the authenticity. Just be careful because there are check forgeries out there as well.