1932 Babe Ruth Autographed Game Used Bat (35”)
If ever there was a bat to own, this is it. Once wielded by the single biggest legend in the history of baseball, this, the ultimate hunk of hickory accompanied the Babe to the plate for who knows how many of those 41 momentous long balls during the season leading up to his final World Series appearance. And who can forget that historical WS, in which Ruth called his own homerun shot? Hillerich & Bradsby with the name, “George ‘Babe’ Ruth” stamped onto the barrel in script evokes a feeling of nostalgia for baseball’s golden days, bringing us closer to the magic created by the man who saved baseball. Weighs 35.2 ounces and boasts a 1-year style of labelling with "Patent Pending" stamped into the top of handle. Certainly one of the more important bats from the playing career of this monumental athlete, it emanates from the collection of Matty Martin and is just one piece of some of the best Babe Ruth souvenirs ever to come to the hobby market. Signed in black fountain pen on the back of the barrel, “To My Friend Matty Martin, From Babe Ruth.” The signature and inscription are slightly bled into the wood, but still bold with minimal fading. This area was shellacked at one time, but the shellacking has partially peeled off without affecting the inscription and signature. Upon close examination, visible is an original inscription and signature identical to the one mentioned, showing that this was once signed by Ruth at an earlier time, then signed again at a later time. The wood itself has darkened a bit throughout, with a slight difference in tone by the once shellacked area of the bat. A tough find to say the least, only a handful of signed game-used Ruth bats are known to exist. This holy piece of lumber has never before seen the light of day, and for that reason is touted as the ultimate Babe Ruth bat currently available. He remains one of the most worshipped athletes in history even nearly 70 years after his playing career. He was the original media king, capturing the fascination and adoration of an entire nation with his amazing feats, the fervor of which is still alive and kicking in the hearts of Yankee fans everywhere.