Lot # 442: Babe Ruth Original Type I c.1920’s Batting Photo – Measures Approx. 3-5/8” x 4-7/8” – Full PSA Type I LOA

Category: Photos

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 19 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Break Rarities Auction 2019",
which ran from 3/14/2019 4:00 PM to
4/6/2019 7:00 PM

(LOT 442)
Babe Ruth Original Type I c.1920's Batting Photo – Measures Approx. 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" – Full PSA Type I LOA

Early 1920's Yankee Babe Ruth photos portraying the "Sultan of Swat" before his Yankee Stadium playing days are few and far between, justifying why this pre-1923 image of the "Babe" taking batting practice in the Polo Grounds resides as an exalted keepsake. Before "the house that Ruth built" was opened in 1923, the Yankees would share the Polo Grounds with their cross-river rival New York Giants. Ruth would play three seasons at this iconic ballpark, belting an incredible 148 homers in those three campaigns for an average of nearly 50 round trippers per season! This 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" illustration portrays a cap-less Ruth taking batting practice at the Polo Grounds that was situated in NYC's Coogan's Bluff.

You can literally feel the "Sultan of Swat's" intensity as he eyes a pitched ball and is about to wallop another one of his majestic long balls, with a large group of photographers in the background apparently enthralled by the moment. Remarkable contrast, crystal clear clarity and a relatively clean surface are the highlights of this seemingly ageless memento that has stubbornly defies "father-time' to retain a majority of its original aesthetics. Wavy edging reflects evidence of modest border trimming; yet as most enthusiasts would attest to, it is the breathtaking Babe Ruth central image that steals the show. Any early 1920's Ruth image merits serious attention, let alone one such as this museum worthy masterpiece that depicts the "Babe" in a classic batting pose at his inaugural New York Yankees Polo Grounds home! - Full PSA Type I LOA

MIN BID $500


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