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Babe Ruth Premium Items and Memorabilia Collection (Pins, Watches, etc.)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,410

Vintage collection of Babe Ruth memorabilia, comprised mainly of premiums, issued between the years 1928 and 1948. 1) Pin-back button (one-inch diameter) issued in promotion of the 1928 sheet music Babe Ruth! Babe Ruth! (We Know What He Can Do). Ex. 2) 1928 sheet music titled "Babe Ruth! Babe Ruth! (We Know What He Can Do)," written and published by J. W. Spencer. 9.25 x 12 inches. Ex-Mt. 3-7) Five 1930s Babe Ruth pin-back buttons issued as promotional premiums by Quaker Oats. Three are identical celluloid membership pins for the Babe Ruth Baseball Club and feature a portrait image of Ruth. The other two are identical bronze pins featuring Ruth's portrait in raised relief and the words "Babe Ruth Champions" lettered along the border. All of the pins are one-inch in diameter and range in condition from Vg to Vg-Ex. 8-9) Two identical metal 1930s Babe Ruth pin-back badges issued by Esso. Each badge (1.5 inches in diameter) denotes membership in the Esso Babe Ruth Boys Club. Both Gd, with moderate oxidation. 10-15) Six complete issues of Babe Ruth's Newspaper, published by Esso, all dating from 1934. During the 1930s Esso sponsored a weekly radio show starring Babe Ruth and issued in conjunction with it this newspaper, which was sent each week to every member of Esso's Babe Ruth's Boys Club. Each paper (11.5 x 15.5 inches, unfolded) consists of four pages and features numerous baseball articles and photos, as well as important information regarding the various prize contests sponsored by Esso. The most interesting article is that headlined in the March 17th edition. Apparently, the many prize contests sponsored by Esso were prohibited by law and in this issue Babe and the company give notice to club members that all contests have been suspended. As Babe writes "That's one of the breaks of the game. But we must play ball with the Government, and in this game the Government is the umpire and we abide by its decision." The issue dates offered here are January 10th, January 17th, January 31st, February 7th, and two from March 17th. Because of their fragile nature, these newspapers are quite rare and we cannot recall having seen any other examples. All of the newspapers are lightly toned and have normal mailing folds. Vg-Ex overall, with most displaying minor edge tears. 16-19) Four 1930s Babe Ruth baseball scorers. Three of the scorers are round celluloid examples (1.75 inches in diameter) while the other is rectangular and constructed of cardboard. Two of the celluloid scorers, each issued by Quaker Oats, are identical and feature Ruth's portrait image on the front ("B" on cap variety). The third celluloid, which includes a leather strap, features a silhouette of Ruth and is lettered "Swat King" on the front, with the reverse identical to the Quaker Oats scorer (this scorer is particularly rare). All three are Ex. The rectangular scorer is lettered "Babe Ruth Base Ball Scorer" on the front and advertises Puffed Wheat on the reverse. Vg-Ex. 20-23) 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). Vg-Ex overall. 24-25) Two Babe Ruth flip books (1.75 x 2.5 inches) issued as premiums by Wheaties. The front cover of each book pictures Ruth hitting a home run. One is missing the back cover, otherwise each is Vg. 26) 1930s Babe Ruth premium photo issued by Quaker Oats. The photo (8 x 10 inches) pictures Ruth at the plate in mid swing and bears his facsimile signature. Gd. 27) 1948 Babe Ruth Wristwatch. The watch face features a bust-length image of Ruth and his facsimile signature. The wrist strap is not original. It is in working order although we cannot guarantee perfect time will be kept. Vg-Ex. 28-29) Two mini baseballs, issued by the Ford Motor Company in 1948, each "ghost-signed" by Babe Ruth in blue ink. These balls were produced for distribution to various American Legion Junior Baseball teams throughout the country. (Ford and Ruth sponsored the American Legion Junior Baseball program at the time.) Each ball is date stamped "1948" and bears an additional stamping noting the American Legion affiliation. Like the Sinclair prize balls from the 1930s, it is generally accepted today that these 1948 Ford American Legion mini balls are all secretarially signed. Ruth was in poor health at the time and the number of balls issued would have made it impossible for him to personally sign each one. They are still very interesting and rare Ruth premium items. Vg-Ex, with minor soiling. 30) November 1948 issue of New Physical Culture featuring a photo of Ruth on the cover. 8.25 x 11 inches. 64 pages. Vg. Total: 30 items. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,410

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