Lot # 1727: c.1931 Babe Ruth Autographing a Ball for a Little Boy during the Filming of “Play Ball” - PSA Type 1 Encapsulated Universal Pictures Photo - Measures Approx. 8” x 10”

Category: Photos

Starting Bid: $100.00

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Item was in Auction "Fall Rarities Auction 2021",
which ran from 9/25/2021 12:00 PM to
10/9/2021 7:00 PM




(LOT 1727)
c.1931 Babe Ruth Autographing a Ball for a Little Boy during the Filming of "Play Ball" - PSA Type 1 Encapsulated Universal Pictures Photo - Measures Approx. 8" x 10"

It is no secret that Babe Ruth is one of the most iconic figures in American culture, with his popularity spreading far beyond a baseball field. During his prestigious playing days, the "Sultan of Swat" was relentlessly pursued by a seemingly infinite number of manufacturers, radio studios and Hollywood establishments for the purpose of utilizing "The Babe's" unparalleled mystique for promotional purposes. Ably assisted by his renowned agent Christy Walsh, the ultra-flamboyant Ruth never seemed to back down from any publicity opportunity, and appeared in several films throughout his career ("Headin' Home", "Babe Comes Home", "Play Ball" and "Pride of the Yankees", etc.).

As a highly coveted keepsake from his "Play Ball" film, this striking 8" x 10" PSA Type 1 offering depicts the incomparable Bambino leaning over in his formal attire to sign an autograph for an extremely young enamored fan during the 1931 Universal Pictures filming process. The "Babe's" image exhibits the finest possible contrast and clarity, with a majority of the stray surface defects barely visible to the naked eye. Sponsored by Christy Walsh, the verso reveals a short blue caption reading: "The mighty Babe succumbs to another autograph seeker during the making of his Christy Walsh All-American Sport Reels for Universal" with this super rare Ruthian artifact meriting the utmost respect from any sophisticated photo enthusiast!

MIN BID $100
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