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Babe Ruth, early sigs are tough (from what I have heard), cause he was becoming the persona, and greatly varied his signature until the mid 20's. So I am trying to gauge this one. Ink looks right, fountain pen black, ball is Bon-Tober folded in the 50's so that is accurate, no stops-starts or bumpiness - smooth and fluid, and the thing that really has the gears working is that i found the same type of ball (Bon-Tober International League, with the same signature (VERY similar) but in crap quality). The slant threw me, but again, found the same authenticated signature, as well as his printed signature on his "signature ball" having the same slant.
What ever you guys can offer, I really value the knowledge that I have seen to this point and respect the opinions. Thanks
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Nope. Slant is off, quotes are off, "B" to "a" connection is off, the "invisible" connection (end/start lift point) between the first and last name is off, the "R" is off, the "u" to "t" connection is horrifying, the "th" is off, and the "t" is crossed from the wrong side, left to right instead of right to left. There's more tells also, those are the basic ones in this case, early or late in his career.
Also, what type of ball is this? The characteristics, from what I can see, appear to indicate a ball newer than 1927/8, around the time Ruth abandoned the quotes.
80% of the Ruths out there are outright forgeries. Authenticated or not, they just don't know. What's painfully obvious is that the most consistently elemental feature that almost always signals a Ruth signature as authentic is overlooked by the majority of authenticators who have never studied newsreels of Ruth in the act of signing his name or this authentication error would be made far less often.
I say 80%, but what one must consider is that of that 20% that are not the work of more modern day forgers; that are period pieces, probably 15% or more are "secretarial". Ruth's wife, clubhouse guys, other players, like Lazzeri, Dugan, even Eddie Arcaro, Ruth's daughter, front office people, PR men, caddies, you name it, a lot of people signed for Ruth. And Ruth did sign a lot of items, but as generous he was with his signature, he wouldn't have stood a chance of fulfilling the staggering demand for his autograph, which probably outweighed anybody else's in history during his lifetime.
This is a 50/50 based on the image. It's got enough of the right elements that it's either Ruth or one of his master forgers, there have been several. What I do like are the starting points of the "B" and the "R", typically Ruthian. The shape of the "e" and it's directional "link-up" to the "R", the 'e' ends in the right direction relative to the start of the "R". I also like the end of the "h", that little reverse motion to complete the slash of the "t", which appears to be written right to left, proper for Ruth to end the "h" with a little reverse stroke and then lift the tip to backcross his "t". There are a few little things here and there that I'm not crazy about, but not enough to immediately relegate this to ghost signed or a forgery, a lot of folks don't realize that Arcaro had Ruth's signature down really well and would sign things for him, as well as his caddies and Lazzeri that were sent to golf courses. Ruth spent a lot of time on the links.
This has possibilities that could be narrowed down more precisely by being able to examine the track in person, or closeups, like Bernie is able to do. That would also all but eliminate the possibility of this being reinked, which I may see signs of, hard to tell for sure.
Which two are authenticated, Bobby? The first two??
I think his is in the middle, the top and bottom are authenticated by whoever. I am not a Ruth person, obviously I defer to you, but I don't like this ball. It doesn't look right for lack of words, it presents oddly, and with strange spatial...I just don't like it.
The ball in the middle photo is a horror, reminiscent of a CC Ruth, though not quite as bad as that, may the Babe rest in peace. lol