Lot # 185: c.1927 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Barnstorming PSA Type 1 Encapsulated Cosmo-Sileo Photo - Measures Approx. 8” x 10” – Includes PSA Type 1 LOA

Category: Photos

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "Winter Rarities '23 Auction",
which ran from 12/10/2022 12:00 PM to
1/7/2023 7:00 PM

(LOT 185)
c.1927 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Barnstorming PSA Type 1 Encapsulated Cosmo-Sileo Photo - Measures Approx. 8" x 10" – Includes PSA Type 1 LOA

The Sultan of Swat's momentous popularity in America led the Yankee star to being lured into the business of making several films. Capitalizing on his unbridled charisma, movie producers sought out the Babe to star in films such as "Headin' Home", "The Babe Comes Home", "Play Ball" and "Pride of the Yankees". This majestic c.1927 PSA Type 1 offering provides an image of the great Bambino donning a Universal Pictures barnstorming uniform (sixth from the left), joined by the immortal Lou Gehrig (standing next to Ruth) who is showcasing his New York Yankees gray road flannels as well as a number of unidentified players.

The entire barnstorming concept was the brilliant idea of Ruth and Gehrig's renowned agent Christy Walsh who organized a Continental U.S. tour directly after the Yankees swept the Pirates in the 1927 World Series. Virtually every American was now captivated by these incredible sluggers, with the tour resulting in Ruth and Gehrig playing in towns and cities without Major League ball clubs in order to provide deprived fans a grand opportunity to see these legendary giants. Starting in New York and sweeping across America to the California coast, Ruth and Gehrig would be the sole Major League players, with each respective town providing local players to round out the teams. Both young and old admirers of these baseball icons were afforded their once in a lifetime opportunity to see the two Yankee stars perform live.

Measuring 8" x 10", the striking contrast and fine resolution elevate this black & white illustration to a world-class plateau as Ruth dons his "Universal Pictures" black uniform while Gehrig reveals his classic Yankees gray road attire. Other than a prior paper clip marking situated along the upper left border, no glaring flaws are evident, with the critical Cosmo-Sileo credit stamp affixed on the verso. This spine tingling keepsake serves as one of the formidable Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig barnstorming photos extant, sufficing as a sheer reminder of how these two baseball giants dominated the game in unparalleled fashion!

MIN BID $300

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