1926 Babe Ruth w/Gloria Swanson & Bill Tilden Original Type I Photo – Underwood & Underwood – Measures Approx. 8" x 10-1/4" – Full PSA Type 1 LOA
Did you ever wonder what ever happened to the bat Babe Ruth is signing in this marvelous 8" x 10-1/4" photo? Taken in 1926 by the renowned Underwood 7 Underwood News Service, the possibly unique image portrays the "Sultan of Swat" signing his colossal lumber as the immortal actress Gloria Swanson (holding a Yankee cap) and International Hall of Fame Tennis legend Bill Tilden look on in an almost awestruck manner. Such was the unparalleled popularity of George Herman Ruth who, synonymous to adoring youth fan base, could easily captivate even his Hollywood and Sports peers. While we may never know if the bat was gifted to either Swanson or Tilden, what we do know with 100% certainty is that it resides as one of the most obscure and imposing Ruth photos extant.
These three American icons captured the hearts of million of Americans throughout the 'Roaring "20's", and their sheer existence on a single photo suffices as a near-impossible occurrence. The photo itself portrays sensational contrast and clarity, with the few lower border chips, stray wrinkles and negligible border notations not remotely impeding the revered central image. Regarding the 1926 season, Ruth would reemerge himself as baseball's greatest slugger after a dismal 1925 performance; walloping 47 dingers, batting in 153 runs and posting a sensational .372 batting average, with this 93-year old keepsake a sheer reminder of his unequivocal stature! - Full PSA Type 1 LOA
MIN BID $300