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1927 Babe Comes Home Movie Herald Collection - Newly Discovered Hoard (88)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,110
The find of all-time of 1927 Babe Comes Home movie heralds! Extraordinary newly discovered find of eighty-eight movie heralds issued for the 1927 First National Picture release Babe Comes Home, starring Babe Ruth. Prior to the discovery of this collection, which occurred in early 2011, Babe Comes Home movie heralds were seen only one here or there. They have always been rare. In fact, the number of heralds offered here is probably far greater than all of the other previously known Babe Comes Home heralds circulating in the hobby today. This two-page fold-over promotional herald (3.5 x 5.5 inches) is widely considered to be one of the most attractive of all Babe Ruth movie-related advertising pieces and features Ruth prominently on the cover. The interior portion of the herald pictures a large illustration of Ruth and a scene from the film. The back cover of each herald features an identical purple stamp advertising the theatre and film dates: "Lincoln Theatre/Special/Wed & Thu. July 27."
As do all great finds, this one has an interesting story. Our consignor is involved in clock repair as a profession and as part of his business he is sometimes called upon to service old clock towers. These towers sometimes house material that has not seen the light of day in decades. During one such repair job he was removing some piles of old wood to make room and to his great astonishment he found these heralds lying at the bottom. What they were doing up there is anyone's guess, but he recognized them as something special, not to be thrown out with the other trash that had to be removed and discarded prior to the repair work. Because they were sitting unprotected in an old tower for nearly eighty-five years, most (but not all) of the heralds display condition problems. 1) Exactly ten of the heralds are free from any holes or tears (representing the prizes of the find) and of those ten, three are free of any staining. Each of those three unaffected heralds displays only the slightest hint of toning on the reverse and is in overall Excellent to Mint condition. Seven of the heralds display only a small, light stain in either the lower left or upper right corner of the interior (when unfolded) and are otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. All of the remaining seventy-eight heralds display a number of tiny holes (resulting from insect damage) and/or tears, as well as light staining, but in varying degrees. This may sound serious, but as can be seen in images, the damage on many is very modest. But they aren't perfect and we have to describe the flaws. 2) Forty-one of the heralds are technically in Good condition, with most of the tears minor in nature and affecting either the border areas or spine. Most of the stains found on these forty-one heralds are very minor, and it should be noted that most display at a much higher level. 3) Nineteen heralds are in Fair condition, displaying larger tears and/or holes, while the remaining eighteen heralds are in Poor condition (significant paper loss). To summarize: ten are high grade, forty-one are mid-grade, and thirty-seven are lower grade (with additional detail, defining, and distinctions within these grade levels noted above). Extraordinary potential break value over time. (For reference, the last Babe Comes Home movie herald we offered, which was in Nr/Mt-Mt condition, appeared as Lot 1219 in the REA 2008 auction, and that single high-grade example sold for $940.) Total: 88 heralds. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,110
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