Lot # 84: 1927 Babe Ruth “Bustin Babes” & Lou Gehrig “Larrupin Lou’s” Barnstorming PSA Type I Original Underwood & Underwood Photo

Category: Memorabilia

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "Historical Rarities Winter Auction",
which ran from 12/20/2017 12:00 PM to
1/13/2018 7:00 PM

(LOT 84)
1927 Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" & Lou Gehrig "Larrupin Lou's" Barnstorming PSA Type I Original Underwood & Underwood Photo - Measures Approx. 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" - Full PSA Type I LOA

In 1927, the New York Yankees absolutely crushed their opposition, virtually "cake walking" to their second World Championship with a climatic 4 game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The dynamic duo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig led this unparalleled squad, with their record setting assault on the fences eventually leading to the "Bambino's" unfathomable 60 home runs. Virtually every American was now captivated by these incredible sluggers, which prompted Ruth and Gehrig's renowned agent Christy Walsh to organize a Continental U.S. tour directly after the 1927 World Series. Dubbed the "Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lou's Barnstorming tour, Ruth and Gehrig would play in towns/cities without Major League ball clubs in order to provide deprived fans a grand opportunity to see these legendary giants.

Starting in New York and sweeping across America to the California coast, Ruth and Gehrig would be the sole Major League players, with each respective town providing local players to round out the teams. Both young and old admirers of these baseball icons were afforded their "once in a lifetime" opportunity to see the two Yankee stars perform live, and the tour was such a huge success that it was repeated in the fall of 1928 and 1931. Presented here is an amazing PSA Type 1 photo from the 1927 barnstorming tour that was issued directly after the Yankees swept the Pirates in the 1927 Fall Classic. Measuring approximately 6-1/2" x 8-1/2", it portrays Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in their classic "Bustin Babes" and "Larrupin Lou's" uniforms in the center back row, with their agent Christy Walsh situated directly between the two baseball icons.

For publicity purposes, Gehrig took the time to pose with the "Bustin Babes" team with nine of Ruth's teammates also included in the crystal-clear image. Considered extremely rare, seldom do Ruth/Gehrig Barnstorming team photos surface, and considering the superb condition of this museum worthy masterpiece that exhibits no serious flaws and a brilliant central image, it merits the highest hobby accolades. The verso reveals several Underwood & Underwood credit stamps and the critical 10/12/27 dated caption outlining the details of this world-class image that depicts our National Pastime's greatest slugging duo ever during the height of their playing excellence. - Full PSA Type I LOA

MIN BID $300

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