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1920s to 1961 Unusual and Rare Babe Ruth Items Collection (5)

Starting Bid - $100.00 , Sold For - $352.50

Rare Babe Ruth items don't always have to cost a fortune, though we wouldn't want to have to replace any of the items in this lot. A couple of these items we're not sure we'd be able to find elsewhere. Offered here is an unusual collection of seldom-seen Babe Ruth promotional materials dating from both before and after his death in 1948. 1) Circa 1928 Markwell promotional foldout advertising mailer marketing the company’s Automatic Tacker No. 176. The company’s slogan for its tacker was “Smack” and who better to personify that word than the famed “Sultan of Swat.” With that thought in mind, the company decided to feature an image of Ruth in mid-swing on the back cover of the mailer, above which is the word “Smack.” The mailer (4.75 x 6.5 inches folded, 13 x 9.5 inches unfolded) is not addressed and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall, with a staple hole in the upper right corner. We can't imagine too many of these have survived. We've never seen another. 2) 1929 “Player Roster and Itinerary of the Yankees Spring Training and Exhibition Tour.” The trifold flyer (3.5 x 6.5 inches, folded) features individual portrait images of Ruth and Gehrig on the cover and includes a complete spring training roster and schedule. This interesting piece, ideal for display, is one of the few period printed items featuring Ruth and Gehrig. Vg. 3-4) 1950s advertising postcard issued by Honeyspot Monument Works of Bridgeport, Connecticut, “Makers of the Babe Ruth Monument.” As its slogan says, Honeyspot made the Babe Ruth Monument that was displayed for years in center field at Yankee Stadium and which now resides in Monument Park. The front of the postcard pictures the Ruth monument, while the reverse includes a short informational text regarding its unveiling in 1949. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) is not addressed and displays a strip of adhesive residue along the right front border that includes a small area of surface paper loss. Vg. Accompanied by a rare Honeyspot Monument Works promotional advertising pencil that also pictures the Babe Ruth Monument. Vg-Ex. 5) 1961 Babe Ruth League commemorative flyer issued on the thirteenth anniversary of Ruth’s death. The four-page fold-over flyer (6 x 9 inches) features pictures of Ruth, the Honeyspot Monument Works Babe Ruth monument on the reverse, as well as biographical information and his yearly statistics. Natural mailing folds. Ex. Total: 5 items. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $352.50


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