Garages often turn out to be the place where things go to be forgotten – at least until they’re needed. Christmas decorations are carefully boxed up and stored until the season rolls around again. Sporting equipment is put away at the end of a season and sits there until the next one comes up again. Boxes of collectibles handed down from relatives sit and gather dust until someone finds the items and discovers that it might be worth a small fortune. Forbes reports on a baseball found in a garage that was signed by legend Babe Ruth.

It happened in 1927. Fern Ambrose Yarbrough and his son got to meet Babe Ruth who was at the peak of his career at that point. He was visiting the city to film a silent motion picture “Babe Ruth Comes Home.”

Yarbrough was a big influence at the time as president and CEO of the only microphone company at the time.

12-year-old Fern Gramer Yarbrough got to shake the Bambino’s hand. That, to him, was the highlight of their meeting. The ball went back into its original Wilson Sporting Goods box and forgot about it.

The box and the ball were relegated to a shelf next to two pinball machines in his garage. It collected dust until 1951 when it moved from Hollywood to Pasadena and spent the next half-century in a basement.

Prior to his death in 2005, Yarbrough bequeathed the box of collectibles to his grandson. The ball and the signature is rated at an overall 7.5. It will be auctioned by Leland’s Classic Auction which ends on March 23rd. The collectible may command as much as $30,000.

 

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