Unique Babe Ruth & Walter Johnson Dual Signed Album Page. Rare Auto PSA Mint 9
Babe Ruth & Walter Johnson Signatures
PSA Mint 9
No doubt a one-of-a-kind item, this large 6 x 4 inch vintage album page is a beauty and perfect for the collector assembling high grade signatures of the game's early greats. Both Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson were part of the original class of five inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1936. That small class of five also included Cobb, Wagner and Christy Mathewson (deceased in 1925). In choosing only the best players of the era, the Hall made clear that only the finest players would be eligible for their newly formed institution. So selective were the voters that even greats such as Cy Young, Nap Lajoie and Grover Alexander were relegated to the second and third classes in 1937 and '38. That alone demonstrates how important both Ruth and Johnson were to baseball at the time.
Presented is a gorgeous exemplar autographed by these two icons during their playing days. The folks at PSA/DNA have issued the grade of Mint 9 to this fabulous piece of memorabilia, which is encapsulated and makes a great display piece. The Babe's impressive fountain pen ink autograph is in quotes, which indicates it was signed circa-1927 (or possibly before). Hobby experts agree that he stopped using those quotes no later than 1928, though we have owned a few Ruth autographs from 1929. In any case, this beauty is a "playing days" signature and one preferred by advanced collectors (allow us to use the term "purist- autograph collectors").
Johnson's longer, 4-inch, signature in the same fountain pen ink is also a wonderful example, appearing on the reverse of the large album page, indicating it was signed at the same time. He retired as a player in 1927 and thereafter managed his team, the Senators. That leads us to believe these beauties were in all likelihood obtained by a fan who attended a game between the Yanks and Senators.