1926 Babe Ruth Original Type I George Grantham Bain Photo – Measures Approx. 4-5/8" x 6-5/8" - Full PSA Type I LOA
The 1925 season would see the "Sultan of Swat" severely struggle due to several bouts of "unknown" illnesses, leading to a six-week hospitalization at New York's St. Vincent's Medical Center. After his dismal campaign, Ruth vowed to his adoring fan base make a resounding return in 1926 and that he did.
The flamboyant superstar posted one of his finest seasons ever, walloping 47 dingers, batting in 153 runs and posting a sensational .372 batting average and likewise outstanding 1.253 OPS! The "Bambino" had returned with a vengeance, leading the Yankees to the 1926 World Series that they would unfortunately lose to St. Louis in a tightly contested seven games. This spine-tingling 1926 George Grantham Bain photo was issued on October 4, 1926, one day before game 3 of the Fall Classic in St. Louis' Sportsman Park as Ruth dons his legendary Yankee pinstripes while holding his colossal-sized lumber.
A truly stoic image, you can literally feel Ruth's intensity as he appears to be "locked in" on the upcoming game 3 contest. Fine contrast and resolution, no glaring surface blemishes, and relatively clean white borders are the highlights of this timeless offering that does reveal a few stray wrinkles and lower right wavy edges. Measuring approximately 4-5/8" x 6-5/8" the verso includes an October 4, 1926 violet date as well as a somewhat crossed-out "Bain News Service" credit stamp.
Also included are several "CULVER PICTURES INC." credit stamps, typically evident on many Bain images since Culver Pictures picked up the remaining Bain photos not originally captured by the "Library of Congress". A sensational 1926 Ruth heirloom, it turns back the clock to that renowned 1926 campaign when the "Babe" made good on his promise to clean up his act and re-assume his standing as our National Pastime's foremost player! - Full PSA Type I LOA
MIN BID $500