Lot # 186: 1928 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Barnstorming PSA Type 1 Encapsulated Pacific & Atlantic Photo - Measures Approx. 8” x 10” – Includes PSA Type 1 LOA

Category: Unopened Material

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 186)
1928 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Barnstorming PSA Type 1 Encapsulated Pacific & Atlantic Photo - Measures Approx. 8" x 10" – Includes PSA Type 1 LOA

The dynamic duo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig led the 1927 Yankees to a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1927 World Series via their momentous assault on the fences, with the Bambino's unfathomable 60 home runs the staple of that landmark campaign. Virtually every American was now captivated by these incredible sluggers, which prompted Ruth and Gehrig's renowned agent Christy Walsh to organize a Continental U.S. tour directly after the 1927 World Series. Dubbed the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lou's Barnstorming tour, Ruth and Gehrig would play 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, and the tour was such a huge success that it was repeated in the fall of 1928 after the Yankees claimed their second consecutive championship. This sensational 1928 Pacific & Atlantic PSA Type 1 photo portrays both Ruth and Gehrig donning cowboy disguises as a publicity stunt at Dexter Park, Brooklyn on October 12, 1928 before their barnstorming game against the Brooklyn Bushwicks.

Showing no fear of playing the prestigious Ruth/Gehrig All-Star team, the Bushwicks would actually win the game by a 9-6 score, with the highlight of the day obviously being the pregame antics depicted in this 8" x 10" masterpiece. Revealing crystal clear clarity and contrast, the only glaring flaw is a lower left corner chip, with the verso including a critical caption detailing the day's events. Indeed, this outstanding illustration serves as a vivid reminder of how the Sultan of Swat and Iron Horse enthralled the Nation at the height of their unparalleled careers!

MIN BID $300

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