'Antiques Roadshow': Signed Babe Ruth photo worth small fortune

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'Antiques Roadshow': Signed Babe Ruth Photo Worth Small Fortune

On "Antiques Roadshow," a woman brought in an autographed photo of Babe Ruth that was signed for Harry Webber, one of the baseball legend's very first agents.
'Antiques Roadshow': Signed Babe Ruth photo worth small fortune
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, Crowds cue up at the Convention Center at about 8am on August 21, 2010. The Antiques Roadshow was in Washington for appraisals and filming for a future television show. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, As people enter the convention center they have a brief interview by volunteers who give them tickets depending up the items they are bringtin for appraisal on August 21, 2010. These tickets will get them to the correct appraiser. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
390703 01: People hoping to appear on the Chubb''s Antiques Roadshow television show stand in line June 16, 2001 outside the Coconut Grove Convention Center in Miami. The line of people carrying antiques and collectibles began forming at dawn as over 6,000 people from across south Florida came to get appraisals of theirs antiques to see if they had any unexpected valuables. (Photo by Tim Chapman/Getty Images)
Cricket writer and historian David Frith (right) is interviewed by Mike Ashton during a recording of the BBC Television programme, Antiques Roadshow, filmed at Lord's cricket ground in London, 26th September 1996. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
In this Saturday, July 23, 2011 photo, Asian art expert and veteran "Antiques Roadshow." appraiser Lark Mason poses with a collection of Chinese rhinoceros horned cups in Tulsa, Okla. PBS says the collection was judged by Mason to be worth $1 million to $1.5 million, the most valuable item brought in for appraisal in the history of "Antiques Roadshow," which will air its 16th season next year. (AP Photo/WGBH)
A fry glass teapot is one of the many treasures brought to the "Antiques Roadshow" event in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. The Antiques Roadshow television series is a result of a summer tour of the United States where experts appraise the prized items people bring for evaluation. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
This June 22, 2013 photo released by PBS shows a man named Joe holding a Max Brother prop duck during the taping of the popular appraisal show "Antiques Roadshow," in Anaheim, Calif. Top-rated PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" is on the move, taping programs in eight U.S. cities for its upcoming 18th season. (AP Photo/PBS)
This June 22, 2013 photo released by PBS shows Ted Trotta, of Trotta-Bono, Ltd., right, looking at Lisa as she reacts about information about her Spontoon Tomahawk Pipe during the taping of the popular appraisal show "Antiques Roadshow," in Anaheim, Calif. Top-rated PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" is on the move, taping programs in eight U.S. cities for its upcoming 18th season.(AP Photo/PBS)
Patte Bogart, left, makes her way past Angelina Orona, right, during the "Antiques Roadshow" event in Los Angeles Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. Bogart carries an 1840 doll bed made by her great great great great grandfather along with a circa 1932 Patsy doll and clothes trunk. The "Antiques Roadshow" television series is a result of a summer tour of the United States where experts appraise the treasures people bring for evaluation. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
Marcelyn, left, and daughter, Stephanie, right, of Monte Sereno, Calif., react to the news when announced that their "Norton Sound Alaska hunting helmet" is appraised to be worth between $65,000 and $75,000, during taping for the PBS-TV show called, "Chubb's Antiques Roadshow - Discovering America's Hidden Treasures," in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997. The mask, made circa 1800, was picked up by mother and daughter at a flea market. (AP Photo/Chubb's Antiques Roadshow, Darryl Bush)
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The woman, who had the photo passed down to her from her grandfather, expected a couple thousand dollars for it. To her surprise, it was worth much more.

APPRAISER: I would put an auction estimate of this photo somewhere between $15 and $20,000.
WOMAN: "Oh my gosh!
APPRAISER: "... and I wouldn't be surprised it if sold for more ... it's that good.
WOMAN: "Wow!"

The photo was from the early 1920's and was in excellent condition, which the appraiser said was rare. He even called it "spectacular," explaining that while Babe Ruth had signed many pieces over the years, this one in particular stood out not only because of it's condition, but also because it's size and special signature, indicating it was from earlier in Babe's career.

The baseball fans of the Twitterverse were loving the photo, telling other baseballs fans to tune in to the show.

To find more Babe Ruth memorabilia online, you can visit SportMemorabilia.com and search Babe Ruth

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