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1948 Babe Ruth Scrapbook with Press Photos (38)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
Presented is an exceptional collection of thirty-eight Babe Ruth press photos dating from the late 1930s through 1948, which have been saved in a beautifully assembled scrapbook. The leather-bound book was obviously created as a commemorative tribute to Ruth at the time of his death, for nearly half of its sixty-six pages are decorated with period newspaper clippings either covering his funeral or offering posthumous tributes to baseball's legendary "Home Run King." Thirty-four of the thirty-eight photos included here have been removed from the album, but the original mounting tabs (photo corners) remain affixed to the pages and the photos can easily be remounted if so desired. Thirteen of the offered photos are technically defined as wire photos in that the teletype appears as an embedded part of the image. Another twelve are accompanied by their original paper news captions. Nearly all of the photos capture Ruth during his post-playing career and many picture him during his final two years. Included among the highlights are nine photos picturing Ruth with his wife and/or daughter, one with Lou Gehrig on Lou Gehrig Day, one with Ted Williams in the locker room, two posing with children, one posing on the golf course with Ty Cobb, one picturing him at the conclusion of a hunting trip displaying his bounty, and one signing a presentation photo for Hank Greenberg. Four of the photos do not include Ruth but are related to his funeral. Dimensions: The smallest photo measures 5 x 8 inches and the largest 8 x 11.5 inches. The majority measure either 7 x 9 inches or 8 x 10 inches. Most of the photographs have the extremely minor condition flaws normally associated with working press photos, including outlining and shading of the images, editorial marks/notes, and minor trimming; the photos are otherwise in Excellent condition. This is an exceptionally clean, and very high-quality collection of original Babe Ruth press photos, saved in an ideal manner and intended to be a lasting and significant tribute to the great legend of Babe Ruth. The album (12 x 12.5 inches) and interior pages are in Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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