Official American League (Johnson) ball signed by Babe Ruth in blue fountain pen across the sweet spot. Graded EX+ 5.5 by PSA/DNA. The company has graded the signature 7 and the ball 4, resulting in a final grade of 5.5. The manufacturer's stampings date this ball to the 1918-1924 manufacturing period, making it an especially early Ruth single. Ruth began making the transition from pitcher to everyday player in 1918 with the Red Sox, but it wasn't until after the sale of his contract to the Yankees in 1920 that he rose to become the greatest slugger in baseball history. This ball bridges that historic time period, making it both a rare and significant Ruth single. Although the ball has a number of cosmetic flaws that have resulted in its technically accurate grade of 4, the signature remains quite bold and more than compensates for any downgrade in terms of aesthetics. Even more important, the sweet spot upon which the signature resides is basically free of any significant defects and the ball presents at a much higher level when properly displayed. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).