Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A Babe Ruth Cut Signature

Technically, this is not a card, but it has been graded as such. This leads me to believe that the companies that grade cards will let anything slip through. Would this have been graded if Jesus Flores had signed this piece of paper instead of Babe Ruth? Somehow, I don't think so.

This lovely, yellowing specimen graded at PSA 10 can be yours for $9,500.00 or best offer, plus $10.00 shipping on eBay. What a bargain. It could possibly be cheaper to steal some plutonium and convert an old DeLorean into a time machine to get a fresh signature.

This signature isn't even signed in ink, it's in pencil! No matter how carefully preserved over the years or how bold Babe Ruth applied his autograph, I find it hard to believe that this has stood up this well over the years. I look at some of the letters I wrote twenty years ago in pencil and I can barely read them. I haven't touched them since I wrote them.

Maybe I'm just too skeptical, but it just seems too good to be true. If it looks like a duck, but meows, chances are you have a cat in a costume. I hope that this doesn't turn out to be one of those cases. A Babe Ruth autograph is a wonderful thing to see. I'm just not ready to believe in this one. Not just yet anyway.

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