The Authentic Experience
"Seller doesn't know story of ball and has a very high reserve to see what ball is valued at.
Do you think autograph is authentic and what do you think value is?"
Before even addressing the signature, the ball needs to be considered because there appears to be at least a two year anachronism to this piece.
To the best of my knowledge, the Spalding Star 6-H was not manufactured prior to 1930. I did look but cannot reference this info online.
As the seller correctly pointed out, Babe signed in quotes ("Babe") is a feature of pre-1928 signatures.
If someone can confirm that this is a 1930's only baseball, then chances favor it being faux.
Genuine? Like I said, by my estimate, based on what I've seen, at least 19 out of every 20 are faux. Maybe 75% of that 95% are the byproduct of pure fraud, and the rest signed in the day, but by proxy, not by Ruth's hand, and not for profit, just demand by fans.
As many as Babe signed, because the genuine ones have become so diluted by fakes, a real one is far more rare than most imagine.
They do turn up. Just have to keep looking. Looking for pieces already authenticated by a top company like PSA and JSA will improve your odds, but it's simply not a sure thing.
I personally don't like the Ruth but I looked the certification # up on the JSA web site and it is legitimate. Spence had the ball in hand so I would trust his opinion over mine.
It is worth a lot more than it sold for. I would say $5000 or so. I recognize who bought the ball and he is also very knowledgeable of Ruth and Gehrig and obviously had two higher ceiling bids to protect his interest in the ball.
It will likely show up in an auction house over the coming months.