Ruth and Gehrig look ca. 1932. The ball already had divots and scuffs on the surface prior to being signed, it was enjoyed prior to the signatures being added. The Gehrig is classic early 30s by Lou's hand, the pressure, the flow, and like the Ruth and others here, the age looks right. Ruth too, is classic early 30s style, the only glitch in the whole signature, the 'b' (too wide at the bottom, a notable departure from his normal flow) can be explained if the nib was taken off track, caught at the bottom of the return up-stroke by an uneven surface due to wear, what looks to be a channel in the surface at that point.
Seemingly also genuine, the rest of the signatures present bolster the authenticity of the most important two. I like it. Nice piece, in my estimation.
thank u kindly
Thank you for sharing this sensational Ruth/Gehrig piece of history. That is one, sweet, "Sweet Lou" signature; big, bold, open and uncrowded; the entire inked line is basically intact! There's no question concerning the authenticity in my estimation and this should garner the approval and COA of any and all the major authenticators without a problem.
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