Intimate, close-up portrait of Babe Ruth in uniform, beautifully inscribed "To Bobby/From/Babe Ruth." Both the text and signature have been boldly scripted in blue fountain pen and grade "9/10." This particular sepia photo was one that Ruth sometimes used during the early 1940s to fulfill autograph requests, as we have seen other signed examples over the years. The haunting image of Ruth, combined with the impeccable signature example, makes this an especially attractive and desirable Ruth-signed photo. The photo (10 x 8 inches) displays two small areas of surface paper loss on the reverse (probably a result of its having once been mounted in an album) and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. Full LOA from Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000++.
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