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Babe Ruth Vintage Memorabilia Collection Including Photos Signed by Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and Dizzy Dean
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,350.00
This diverse collection of Babe Ruth memorabilia is comprised of various Quaker Puffed Wheat/ Rice premiums, a Babe Ruth Underwear box and related material, and ten photos (most of which capture Ruth posing with another player), eight of which have been signed by the player pictured with Ruth, including Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and Dizzy Dean. 1) Framed display consisting of a vintage Quaker Puffed Wheat/Rice newspaper advertisement (featuring illustrations of the many prizes that could be had just by sending in a box top from either breakfast cereal), a Babe Ruth Baseball Club Member pin (featuring Ruth's portrait), and an envelope addressed to the Babe Ruth Baseball Club that is postmarked May 17, 1934. All of the items are in Excellent condition and the display measures 20.5 x 16.5 inches. Ideally, included with the display are a number of the premiums pictured in the advertisement: a complete set of Babe Ruth's Famous Series on "How to Play Baseball" (four small instructional manuals, each measuring 3.25 x 4.5 inches, together with a 1934 envelope addressed to the Babe Ruth Baseball Club, Ex); a Babe Ruth Baseball Scorer (3.25 x 2 inches, Ex); and twenty "Ask Me" Baseball Game Cards with original mailing envelope (missing six cards for completion, the cards are Ex overall, while the envelope displays numerous tears and is in Fair condition. Together with an instruction panel cut from a box). 2) Babe Ruth Underwear box complete with a pair of the original underwear. The box (10 x 13 x 3 inches) displays tears along the flaps, a few of which have been repaired with clear tape, and few light stains on the cover. Vg. The underwear is Ex. Accompanying the box are three original 8 x 10-inch photos that were acquired directly from the family of Christy Walsh, who was Ruth's longtime agent. Two of the photos, dating from August 15, 1927, picture Ruth at the McLoughlin Manufacturing Company, the company that made Babe Ruth Underwear. In one photo Ruth is seen inspecting the underwear patterns on the fabric; the other captures him inspecting the retail box. The third photo, which is a news photo taken by the American Photo Service, Inc., captures Ruth, Herb Pennock and another Yankee player (unidentified) in the locker room modeling their Babe Ruth underwear. This lot of three is "the mother lode" of rare Babe Ruth Underwear original promo photos! These are really something, and obviously ideal for display. Each of the photos is in Very Good to Excellent condition, with the news photo displaying editorial marks and shading. Also included is a vintage, cut magazine advertisement for Babe Ruth Underwear (2.5 x 12.75 inches, Ex). 3) Eleven Babe Ruth photos. Eight of the photos are non-vintage 8 x 10-inch photos that have been signed in blue Sharpie by the player/individual pictured with Ruth: Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Mel Allen, Yogi Berra, Frank Crosetti, Bill Terry, Leo Durocher, and Bob Feller (Feller is not pictured with Ruth, but this is a copy of the famous Nat Fein photo of Ruth's final appearance at Yankee Stadium. Ruth was leaning on Feller's bat during the ceremony). All of the signatures grade "10" and the photos are in overall Excellent condition. The remaining three photos are wire photos: The first (7.5 x 9.75 inches) pictures Ruth with Dizzy Dean and has been inscribed by Dean in black fountain pen, "To my good friend Joe A Breu - A great guy - from your pal Dizzy Dean." Vg. The second (9.5 x 8 inches) pictures Ruth on the golf course with Babe Didrickson and two other players. Vg. The third is particularly interesting as it captures Ruth signing a ball for future basketball Hall of Famer George Mikan at Comiskey Park in 1937. Mikan was just thirteen years old at the time. Vg-Ex with editorial notations along the base. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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