Haunting portrait photo of Babe Ruth, dating from the twilight of his career, beautifully signed by Ruth in black fountain pen. Ruth has inscribed the photo "To my good friends/Alice Mary + Tony/From/Babe Ruth" directly below his image. Both Ruth's inscription and signature are boldly penned, grading "10," and contrast exceptionally well against the white background. This particular photo was specially produced for use as a presentation piece and the exceptionally large white margin areas were a deliberate feature in order to give Ruth ample room for signing and including a personal inscription. The photo (8 x 10 inches) displays a number of light-to-moderate creases (most of which are only visible when viewed at certain angles), a few minor smudges, and a tiny area of surface paper loss near the left border. In Very Good condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000++.
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