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Lot # 699 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Flawless 1947 Babe Ruth Signed American Legion Promotional Photograph in Framed Display

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

Presented is a stunning Babe Ruth signed promotional photo, measuring 5 x 6.25 inches, that was issued at an American Legion Junior Baseball banquet held on September 12, 1947, at the Hotel Statler in Boston, Massachusetts. Ruth was one of the guest speakers at that event, and the offered glossy promotional photo, picturing him in mid-swing, was included as an insert in the banquet program. Ruth signed a number of these special one-day event photos that night for fans. Few have survived. This example, however, has not only survived, it stands out as an exceptional Ruth signed photograph. Ruth's signature has been flawlessly scripted in black fountain pen ("10") across his image. The boldness of each stroke, combined with the contrast presented by the light background of his uniform, makes this one of the finest Ruth signatures on a photograph one could ever hope to obtain. Ruth was in attendance that night in his official capacity as the Ford Motor Company Junior Baseball Consultant and the photo makes note of his title along the bottom border. The photograph has been beautifully mounted and framed together with both the cover to the banquet program and an interior page which is signed by Joe Cronin (also a guest speaker) and Ted Williams (obviously in attendance that night as well). Both the Cronin and Williams signatures are penned in vintage blue fountain pen and grade "9/10." A cut signature of Boston infielder Eddie Pellagrini is also affixed to the autographed page. Included (separately) with the framed display are the remaining pages of the banquet program, which lists the speakers for the night, the names of the scholarship nominees, and the various board members. The photo and pages (each 6 x 9.25 inches) are all in Excellent condition. Framed to total dimensions of 10 x 26 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,700.00


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