Babe Ruth Signed Envelope
Just call this fantastic find the “Emperor of Envelopes”, given the fact that it contains possibly the finest of Ruth autographs with the rarest of embellishments -- an unbelievably coveted impressa of “King of Swat” typed neatly on an angle right under the most valuable signature in the world. Add the fact that this combination appears on a vintage envelope with yet another amazing benchmark -- a New York postmark from June 13, 1935. That was just 11 days after the Babe announced his retirement from the game in mid-season after a sad turn with the Boston Braves. Result: a one-of-a-kind Ruth reference point, with out of this world market value! Even the slightly mangled honorarium “King of Swat” - it should have properly been typed “Sultan of Swat” -- further boosts the singularity of the piece. The envelope with the typed addressee Louis C. Ramsey of 5210 Norledge Place, Kansas City, Missouri may have been sent by the Bambino himself with the awesome autograph, or sent by someone who had obtained it from Ruth. Whatever the story, the Babe’s signature here is absolutely riveting, large and carefree, in black ink with a bountiful flow from “B” to “h”. We can’t imagine a nicer or more pristine Babe marker than this NRMT example, which just may have been a product of a relieved Babe now that he didn’t have to embarrass himself on the field any longer. (Not to mention not having to wear the Braves uniform that looked so odd and unnatural on a physique that looked Ruthian only in Yankee pinstripes.) Certainly, while the Babe may have still been seething that the Yankees cut him loose after refusing his intention of managing the team, but he no doubt realized that he would now remain eternally cemented with a bat in his hands and not a lineup card. The 4 x 7.5” envelope, which is sealed shut, has weathered the past 70 years relatively well, with a general darkening into a light gold hue, some crinkling around the edges and a half-inch tear on the lower left side, and soiling on the back. However, the quadrant where the signature and “King of Swat” reside are unaffected save for a tiny white speck on the “B”. Again, a piece of Ruth manna like this doesn’t drop from the heavens every day - or even every decade. We wouldn’t advise waiting ‘til the next decade.