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Doris
Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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My Father gave me a baseball that s Father gave m. My

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My Father gave me a baseball that his Father gave him. My grandfather got the baseball in Fayetteville , NC in 1914 at an exibition game . It is signed by Babe Ruth. I am trying to find out what it is worth.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

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See the following site describing Babe Ruth's career.

Career started in 1914.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Ruth

If you are to maximize the value of your baseball you need to have it certified.

See the following images showing the variance in values of signed Babe Ruth baseballs.

One clean one is $50,909. The other barely visible signature one is $9,749.

Still, you must have a certification done to authenticate your baseball. You know it's authentic but unless you have that certified, your ball may only be worth $20.

Collectors require official authentication.

This service provides that:

Certification of Baseballs

http://www.psacard.com/Services/AutographedBaseballProcess/

In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

This image did not come through in my last response.

Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

Kind regards,
Doris

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