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Exceptional 1932 Babe Ruth Signed Photograph

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,700.00

This exceptional original presentation photograph capturing the fabled “Sultan of Swat” in mid-swing has been magnificently signed, “Sincerely, Babe Ruth.” The black fountain pen signature grades a solid “7/8” and presents with a striking contrast against the light background. Ruth is pictured here putting on a pre-game hitting exhibition for the fans and numerous photographers visible behind him. This powerful image was almost certainly taken at Chicago during the 1932 World Series. Ruth is in his road uniform and the bunting visible on the wall in the background was normally only unfurled for special events such as the World Series. The 1932 “fall classic” was the only World Series the Yankees participated in over the course of Ruth’s final six years with the club. This particular photograph was one of Ruth’s favorites. Following his retirement, he had a small supply of these special-ordered for signing and presentation to fans on special occasions. These signed photos were all personal gifts from Ruth and almost all examples known were personalized to a particular individual by Ruth. This is an extraordinary example in two significant ways: 1) It is a very rare and ideal non-personalized example, signed simply "Sincerely, Babe Ruth." 2) It is a first generation photographic print. Most similar examples are just not as sharp in quality as this photograph, which is noticeably crisper, with greater detail, and with stronger contrast than the other examples we have seen. These are the very qualities that led our consignor, a collector of over thirty years and a true connoisseur of baseball memorabilia, to choose this Ruth signed photo above all others as worthy of his collection when searching for one special signed Ruth display photo for his personal collection. The photo (7 x 9 inches) displays just a few extremely minor surface wrinkles (visible only when viewed at certain angles) and is in Excellent condition. This is an exceptionally high quality Babe Ruth signed presentation photograph. Beautifully and very expensively matted and framed to total dimensions of 15 x 18 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,700.00

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