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Mankato Babe Ruth singed baseball goes to highest bidder

It took 10 minutes for the Bambino’s baseball to fetch big bucks last October in Mankato.  An orb deemed to have been autographed by Babe Ruth in 1929 sold for $7,250 with the Willa Dailey Auction.  Willa came in our studios back in October.  It was quite a site to see the Babe Ruth autographed baseball.  It was a first for us. 

Auctioneer Willa Dailey said the buyer, a male Mankatoan who prefers anonymity, bested about 20 others in a sale conducted on the Internet and for on-site bidders.

With sales tax and auction fees the buyer ended up with a tab of about $8,300.

The Ruth baseball was found among myriad boxes of belongings hoarded away over the decades by Margaret Rudowsky, an elderly Wisconsin resident whose possessions were left to relatives in Janesville.   Rudowsky, whose said her late husband attended a 1929 game at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in which Ruth homered.

Rudowsky said her husband caught the ball and had Ruth sign it.

Prior to the auction the ball was sent to PSA/DNA, a California company that for a fee provides opinion-based determinations on autographs and memorabilia. The firm certified that the signature is authentic, though it cannot guarantee it as such.
That Babe Ruth signed baseball is going ... going ... gone again.

The autographed orb that went from family heirloom to a Mankato bidder in October has been re-sold on eBay — for nearly double the price paid at auction. The ball, which initially fetched $7,250 from an anonymous bidder at the Mankato sale last fall, was recently “flipped” on eBay for $13,999.  This guy should be on Pawn Stars or Storage Wars. 

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01/18/2011 6:05AM
Mankato Babe Ruth singed baseball goes to highest bidder
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