1924 Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, and Douglas Fairbanks News Photo - PSA/DNA Type 1

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1891

Item Year: 1924

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Photo capturing Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, and Douglas Fairbanks taking part in a pickup game in October, 1924. Certified as an original Type 1 photograph by PSA/DNA. A Culver Pictures credit stamp appears on the reverse, as does a paper caption that reads "Walter Johnson tells Douglas Fairbanks and 'Babe' Ruth what he put on his ball in the 1924 World's Series. 'Babe' especially seems much interested." Johnson and Ruth were in California on separate barnstorming tours at the time, but were persuaded to "face off" against each other in one final game on October 31st. The next day, which is when these pictures were taken, Ruth and Johnson visited the set of The Thief of Bagdad, where star Douglas Fairbanks took the time to give them a tour of the set and studio. Interestingly, Ruth toured the set in his uniform. Maybe he knew that a game on the set would be inevitable. The photo (10 x 8 inches) displays light-to-moderate creasing, as well as a small ink smudge in the lower left border. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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