Babe Ruth Autographs and Memorabilia Guide

Babe Ruth Autographs and Memorabilia Guide

Overview

Babe Ruth Autographs and Memorabilia Buying Guide Overview

When he was alive, Babe Ruth was a prolific signer. And while there are still plenty of Babe Ruth autographs available today, demand will always exceed supply. Given the high amounts authentic Babe Ruth autographs sell for, it shouldn't be a surprise that he has the distinction of being one of the most forged signatures in sports.

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Babe Ruth signature autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of Ruth's autographed memorabilia. It shouldn't be a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include PSA, JSA and MEARS. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Cut Signature Exemplars

Babe Ruth Cut Signature Exemplar

Babe Ruth Cut Signature Exemplar 2

Babe Ruth Cut Signature Exemplar 3

Signature Analysis

Babe Ruth Signature Handwriting Analysis

Babe Ruth Cut Signature Exemplar 4

Babe Ruth Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Babe Ruth signature will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The entire signature is written in legible cursive.
  2. The signature is written on a level plane.
  3. The letter "B" displays a curl on the left to start the letter and contains two distinguishable, rounded letter segments with the top of the letter "B" being at a slight upward angle.
  4. The pen lifts before starting the letter "a" which is almost always a closed loop.
  5. The letter "b" 's vertical line is not a loop but an actual line.
  6. The letter "e" resembles more of a miniature capital letter "E."
  7. A similar start to the letter "R" as the "B" with a curl flows into a pronounced and slightly over-sized letter "R."
  8. The loop of the "R" almost makes the shape of a sideways teardrop or caption bubble.
  9. The letter "u" has an upstroke slightly larger on the second.
  10. The letter "t" is seen both as a vertical loop and a straight line, it is always crossed towards the near top with an over-sized line.
  11. The letter "h" is almost always represent with its vertical line as a loop, with the crossing of the letter "t" bisecting the loop of the letter "h."

Other Key Babe Ruth Signature Notes

  1. While they do exist, he rarely signed his full name "George Herman Ruth."
  2. The age of the ink and medium signed must be consistent with the time period in which Ruth lived.
  3. A common practice of the era was to shellac or varnish an autographed baseball. As a result many forgers employ this method to give the ball an antiquated appearance.
  4. Ruth possessed a very legible signature, making it prone to forgery.
  5. Ruth's signature nuances vary over time, also aiding to ease of forgery.
  6. Always get a second or even third opinion before purchasing a Babe Ruth signature.
  7. Unfortunately, be aware that even authenticators make mistakes.

Autographed Memorabilia

Examples of Babe Ruth Authenticated Signature Memorabilia

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Babe Ruth Signed Ball  Babe Ruth Signed Ball JSA

Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball PSA 8 Overall NM 7 - PSA-DNA Letter COA (A)  Babe Ruth Signed Ball 2

Babe Ruth Signed Bat 

Babe Ruth Signed Bat PSA

Babe Ruth Signed Check  Babe Ruth Cut Signature

Babe Ruth Signed Glove  Babe Ruth Signed Glove Ultra Close


Top Ruth Memorabilia

Top Babe Ruth Memorabilia Sales of All-Time

When it comes to sports memorabilia, few players or athletes can reach the heights that Babe Ruth can in terms of realized prices. In fact, of the top ten selling sports memorabilia pieces of all-time, Ruth holds four of them. Here is a quick look at the Babe Ruth baseball memorabilia with the highest price tags.

1932 Babe Ruth "Called Shot" Game-Worn Jersey - $940,000

Sold in June,2005 in an auction by Grey Flannel, authenticators used detailed photo-matching analysis to determine the jersey's authenticity. SCD Authentic's lead authenticator, Dave Bushing, confirmed the piece's authenticity, in part using an original transparency of the "New York" letter stenciling that was used to help affix the letters to the jersey.

Babe Ruth's Called Shot Jersey

1919 New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox Contract - $996,000

The once ominous "Curse of the Bambino" has this document to thank for its very existence. In 1919, Boston Red Sox owner, Harry Freeze, essentially 'sold' Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. It wouldn't be until 2004 that the Red Sox would win a World Series title again. The esteemed Sotheby's auction house in New York handled the transaction in June, 2005.

Babe Ruth 1919 Yankees Contract

1923 Babe Ruth 1st HR at Yankee Stadium Game-Used Bat - $1,265,000

It's amazing to think that something so specific could be authenticated at all. However, the provenance of the bat is air-tight and indisputable. Ruth gave the bat to the Los Angeles Evening Herald as a prize in a home run hitting contest sponsored by the newspaper. The contest winner was Victor Orsatti. Ruth inscribed on the bat, "To the Boy Home Run King of Los Angeles 'Babe' Ruth, N.Y. May 7, 1923." It was sold through SCP Auctions in 2004.

Babe Ruth Game Used Bat

Babe Ruth Jersey (circa 1920) - $4, 415,658

This piece represents the highest price, to date, paid for a piece of sports memorabilia. This exquisite game-worn Babe Ruth jersey dates back to around 1920. It was sold through SCP Auctions in May, 2012. It is the earliest known Ruth jersey in existence.

Babe Ruth 4M Jersey

Top eBay Listings

BABE RUTH SPORTS ILLUSTRATED CHAMPIONS HAND-CRAFTED FINE PEWTER FIGURE MIB
$49.99

1985 New York Yankees Babe Ruth Effanbee Doll
$74.99

BABE RUTH 1933 GOUDY
$3,000.00

RARE! YANKEES BABE RUTH WRIST WATCH-CURTIS MGMT-COMPLETE WITH WOODEN BAT CASE
$35.00

Johnny Sain, Warren Spahn, Bob Lemon, Bob Feller Autographed MLB Babe Ruth Ball
$94.98

BABE RUTH N.Y. YANKEES LEGEND AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED
$2,250.00

THE BAMBINO! 1935 GOUDEY 4 IN 1 BABE RUTH MCMANUS,BRANDT, MARANVILLE PSA 1 REAL!
$459.99

BABE RUTH 1962 Topps Baseball # 143 Greatest Hero
$20.00

Near-Mint 161 Babe Ruth Hits 60th Homer Topps Baseball Card #401
$56.00

1936 Catholic Boy Outdoor Life Magazine Baseball Lessons By BABE RUTH WENT WORTH
$49.99
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User Comments

  1. 7 Nov 13

    My alleged autographed baseball by Babe Ruth dated June 6, 1927: The R in Ruth appears to be conventional and has no curvatures. Did Babe’s Rs ever vary??? Many thanks!

    303.665.3921

  2. i have an complete team of los angles dodgers baseball cards when babe ruth was on the team,,,the whole team of cards,,,is this worth anything to you?????

  3. That would be a neat trick, David, as Babe Ruth died10 years before the Dodgers moved to L.A.

  4. I am looking for a bat that was displayed in Plaster Rock New Brunswick Canada in the 90’s or there abouts. It had Babe Ruth’s signature and a lesser known ball player who had a short career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals named Vincent William Shields.
    My sister saw it in a display case in Plaster Rock in the 90’s so there is a bat out there somewhere. Sadly, it is not in the display case at the Tobique Arena where the case was moved from the Lion’s Hall to the Arena.

  5. I have a Babe Ruth endorsed straight razor with his silhouette in the handle, made of bakelite. The razor was made in the 1920s. It was made in Germany for the Pairo Bros. Co. of St. Louis. The handle is bakelite. It may well have been during the time he was with the St Louis Browns. I am at work so do not have all the info at this time. I am interested in selling it and can forward a picture if interested.

  6. Did Babe Ruth ever sign his name in lowercase? I found an old ball with his name and 3 other names on it but his name is in lowercase. Thanks

  7. I have a Babe Ruth signature ball that was signed in the Fall of 1924 during a visit to Los Angeles. Can you direct me to information regarding that trip? Also any information on the value of the ball?

    Thank you.

  8. I have a dollar bill that is signed by Babe Ruth. The story goes that my great Aunt was a nurse in a hospital when he broke his leg. (I don’t follow his life story and don’t know that he broke his leg, but that’s the story). The dollar has been the family the whole time.
    The autograph is a perfect match to the examples you show.
    My question is what is it worth.

  9. What is a 1929 WS Program from Wrigley w/ Babe Ruths signature worth!
    Did not play, signed program while watching game with his wife!

  10. I have an autograph picture of Babe Ruth 16th homerun, and an autograph picture of Babe Ruth and Lou Gegrig standing side by side in their babeball uniforms. Any value?

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