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Lot # 1234 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1948 Babe Ruth Japanese Book

Starting Bid - $100.00 , Sold For - $117.50

Addendum: In the print catalog we have described this book as dating from "Circa 1934". This is an error. While the book does have photographs from the famous 1934 Tour of Japan (which made us think it dated from shortly after 1934), we have since learned that this book was actually published in June 1948. It was published by Asage Shoin and was written by Shotaro Suzuki. Our thanks to Robert Klevins of Prestige Collectibles, who is truly an expert in all Japanese baseball cards and memorabilia, for taking the time to contact us and to help us to correct this dating error.

This extremely rare Japanese baseball book, which is presumably a biography of Ruth, features a colorful portrait illustration of Babe Ruth on the cover. The book also features four interior photos of Ruth, three of which picture him as a member of Connie Mack's All-America Baseball Team during the celebrated 1934 Tour of Japan. That tour is historic due to the fact that it was the only overseas baseball tour made by Ruth during his career. With his fame on the diamond preceding, he was treated like royalty in Japan. The overwhelming popularity of the tour helped foster the formation of Japan's first professional baseball league shortly after. This book was most likely published shortly after the tour in order to capitalize on his celebrity status. The 194-page soft-cover book (5 x 7.25 inches) displays minor handling wear and is in Excellent condition overall. The stunning cover illustration of Ruth makes this book an extraordinary piece for display. This is a magnificent and very rare Ruth item relating to the famed 1934 Tour of Japan. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $117.50

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