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1931 W517 Babe Ruth Original Artwork Production Photo and Card

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,185.00

Offered is the original B&W portrait photograph, mounted on board, which served as the original production artwork for the #20 Babe Ruth card in the popular W517 large style strip card set issued in 1930. The caption "Babe Ruth Yankees A.L." is expertly hand-lettered in black ink, and the hand-drawn number "20" appears on a small round piece of paper, glued to the photo exactly where it appears on the issued card. Included with this production photograph is a beautiful example of the issued W517 card #20 Babe Ruth grading EX. The production photo measures 6-3/8 x 4-1/4 inches and is in excellent condition. Many decades ago, a small group of these W517 original artwork production photos surfaced in the hobby. This was the very best of the group, and being Babe Ruth, it should come as no surprise that it found its way into the legendary Barry Halper Collection. The artwork production photo and card appeared as lot #872 in the 1999 Halper sale, where it sold at that time for $3,162. Total two items. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500/$3,500. SOLD FOR $2,185.00

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