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Lot # 227 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1915 Boston Red Sox Real-Photo Team Postcard with Babe Ruth (Rookie)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $9,400.00

Presented is the 1915 real-photo postcard of the Boston Red Sox dating from Babe Ruth's rookie season. This postcard has long been recognized as one of the premier baseball postcards in the collecting world, as well as representing one of the very few cards which can truly lay claim to being Babe Ruth's rookie card. We believe this is the first card featuring Babe Ruth with the Boston Red Sox in the Major Leagues. (The traditional M101-4/5 card of Ruth dates from 1916). This particular 1915 Red Sox postcard example is especially noteworthy historically, as this very postcard was personally mailed by player/manager Bill Carrigan's wife during the series, and the content of the message on the reverse relates directly to the 1915 World Series. The postcard pictures a team photo of the Boston Red Sox in a classic team photo including Babe Ruth, who is seen standing in the back row. Each member of the club is identified in print atop his image. "The Boston Red Sox - American League Champions - Season 1915" appears in white letters below. The handwritten note on the reverse, penned in black fountain pen, reads "Wonderful game to watch. Bill caught one of the best games of his career yesterday. Caught three foul tip third Strikes. Connie." The card, postmarked "Boston Oct 12" (the year is obscured but it is obviously 1915), is addressed to John Callahan of Lewiston, Maine, who was Connie Carrigan's brother-in-law. Catcher Bill Carrigan only played in Game 3 of the 1915 World Series against Philadelphia, which was held at Fenway Park on October 11th. The Red Sox won that game by a score of 2-1 and ultimately defeated the Phillies in five games, thus capturing their second World Championship in four years. Although Ruth won eighteen games for the Red Sox during the regular season, his role in the 1915 “fall classic” was limited to a single pinch-hit assignment in the ninth inning of Game One (he grounded out). The card (5.5 x 3.5 inches) displays minor soiling as well as light corner and edge wear, including a small horizontal tear in the right border (does not extend into the main image). Although the card is technically in Very Good condition, the central image area and the quality of the photograph has an Excellent overall appearance. This is an outstanding and very unique example of this extremely significant rarity commemorating Ruth's rookie season. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,400.00

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