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1924-1931 Babe Ruth Photo Collection (3)

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $829.50

This collection of three Babe Ruth photos dates from Ruth's active playing career and is comprised of a very rare real-photo postcard and two original news photos. 1) 1924 Real-photo postcard. The photo pictures Ruth at bat during what appears to be an exhibition game. Ruth is dressed in his Yankees road uniform as he awaits a pitch at the plate. The fact that no catcher is seen directly behind him might indicate that this shot was taken during either batting practice or perhaps a home-run hitting display. This is the first example of this Ruth postcard that we can recall seeing. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) has been addressed and mailed, bearing a postmark of September 11, 1924, on the reverse. A few small areas of discoloration affect the front (all above Ruth's image), and the card displays a few small, light creases. VG. 2) 1930 News Photo. Original news photo capturing Ruth jogging on the beach prior to spring training. An "Acme" credit stamp appears on the reverse, as does the original paper news caption dated "1-29-30." In full: "Cutting Down That Well Known Waistline - Fit and trim, here is the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth jogging on the sands of Sea Spray Beach, in Palm Beach, Florida. Ruth will be in the pink of condition when he reports for spring training. He didn't get that increase yet." The increase mentioned in the caption refers to Ruth's salary. On March 10th Ruth signed a contract with the Yankees for $160,000 over two years. The photo (6.5 x 8.5 inches) displays flaws commensurate with a working press photo, including a few minor creases and edge wear. Vg-Ex. 3) 1931 News Photo. Original news photo capturing Ruth as he prepares to "tee off" on the links. An "International News Photos Inc." credit stamp appears on the reverse, as does the date stamp "Feb 15 1931," and a few handwritten editorial notations. The photo (6 x 8 inches) displays flaws commensurate with a working press photo, including a few tiny surface wrinkles, a tiny edge tear, and light editorial pencil notations along the front top border. Vg-Ex. Total: 3 photos. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $829.50


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