Lot # 445: 1921 Babe Ruth Original Type I George Grantham Bain Photo – Measures Approx. 5” x 6-3/4” – Full PSA Type I LOA

Category: Photos

Starting Bid: $500.00

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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 445)
1921 Babe Ruth Original Type I George Grantham Bain Photo – Measures Approx. 5" x 6-3/4" – Full PSA Type I LOA

The year is 1921 and Babe Ruth never looked better as he dons his classic Yankee pinstripe uniform and seldom seen white pinstripe cap at the Polo Grounds, his temporary home, in this classic 5" x 6-3/4" George Grantham Bain News Service photo. Indeed, Yankee Stadium (The house that Ruth built) was not yet constructed and the "Sultan of Swat" would share his home field with John McGraw's New York Giants. This image would be taken on September 27, 1921 with Ruth finishing up an incredible season that would see the "Sultan of Swat" smack 59 round-trippers, knock in 168 runs and post an amazing .378 batting average. Ironically, Ruth would lead the Yankees to the 1921 World Series against McGraw's Giants, eventually falling to their cross-town rivals in the fall classic. More significant, however, is this incredible heirloom that portrays the "Bambino" in his seldom seen early 1920's white capped Yankee pinstripe uniform.

The central Ruthian image depicts magnificent contrast and clarity, with the only negligible flaws being an upper left corner chip and some stray wrinkles barely noticeable to the naked eye. The verso reveals the violet "Bain News Service" credit stamp affixed in the middle of the photo, and a likewise violet ink stamp that reads: "Babe" Ruth – left field of Yankees – Sept. 27, 1921", clearly indicating this image was taken near the end of the Yankees outstanding 1921 season. Early 1920's Babe Ruth Yankee images are in extremely high demand, with similar photos selling for $5,000+ over the past several years. Courtesy of Memory Lane, the advanced enthusiast is now afforded another opportunity to capture this extraordinary "Bain" Babe Ruth image that turns back the clock to an era when the "Babe" was revolutionizing our National Pastime! – PSA/DNA Type I LOA

MIN BID $500


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