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Babe Ruth Display Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,880.00
Collection of five Babe Ruth display pieces that once resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection. 1) Circa 1937 Sinclair-Babe Ruth Baseball Contest Poster. The large poster (23 x 29 inches) lists the many winners in the weekly Sinclair-Babe Ruth Baseball Contest, which was a weekly essay contest promoted on the company's radio program. Among the the prizes listed are 500 Babe Ruth autographed balls. These premium autographed balls are particularly well known among collectors as all were "ghost-signed." The poster displays normal fold lines (as issued), including a few tiny tears along the fold intersections, and is slightly toned. Vg-Ex. Framed to total dimensions of 26 x 32.5 inches. 2) Babe Ruth Signed Prize Baseball and original presentation box from the 1928 Good Year Baseball Contest. The official American League (Barnard) ball bears the black fountain pen signature of "Babe Ruth" across the sweet spot; however, like the more well known Sinclair premium balls, the signature is secretarial (a common practice at the time). The box, however, along with the ball make for an impressive and rare display. The interior box (3.75 x 3.75 x 3 inches) lid and base are lined with gold cloth. The interior lid is lettered "Leader's Trophy - 5th Inning - Good Year - 'Babe' Ruth Baseball Contest - July-August 1928." The ball is lightly soiled and all of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and distinct, with the exception of Barnard's facsimile signature (light but clearly legible). The interior cloth lining along the base is torn and tattered, otherwise the box is in Excellent condition. 3) 1920 Underwood & Underwood large-format news photo capturing Ruth crossing the plate after hitting his then record-setting fifty-fourth home run of the season. It is interesting to note that the caption below states "...Some day another 'Babe' Ruth may set it even higher, but it is safe to say that it will stand for many seasons, unless this amazing player breaks it himself." Ruth did indeed break the record the following season by hitting fifty-nine home runs. The photo (15.25 x 12.75 inches) has a few very light surface creases (most are only visible when viewed at certain angles) and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Matted to total dimensions of 20 x 20 inches. 4) Circa 1920s The News pictorial advertisement picturing Babe Ruth at bat during spring training. The headline along the top reads "Last Minute Photos - 'Babe' Bats," while the banner along the base advertises for the paper: "The news of the world in pictures and condensed text every day in The News - New York's Picture Newspaper." The advertisement, intended for display at newsstands, features both horizontal and vertical fold lines (as issued), along the lengths of which are a few minor tears. Vg-Ex. Matted to total dimensions of 14 x 19 inches. 5) Circa 1927/28 Bustin' Babes and Larrapin' Lou's barnstorming game ticket stub. While this stub appears to be vintage it is possible that it dates from a later period. We have been unable to find other examples with which to compare and verify. The ticket is lettered "Presenting this Thursday Baseball Barnstorming - Babe Ruth Bustin Babes vs. Lou Gehrig Larrapin' Lou's." The bottom border lists the venue, time and price of the ticket, "At City Field 3pm 1.00." The ticket (4.75 x 1.75 inches) is affixed to a slightly larger cardboard backing and has been mounted (by means of photo corners) to a Bustin' Babes and Larrapin' Lou's publicity photo (10 x 8 inches on heavy stock) picturing Ruth and Gehrig posing with the local Larrapin' Lou's ball club. The ticket stub displays areas of paper loss along the left and right borders, and is in Good to Very Good condition. The photo displays numerous light creases and is in Very Good condition. Total: 5 items. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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