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Lot # 1261 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Babe Ruth and Jacob Ruppert Original News Photo - December 1923 Baseball Magazine Cover Photo - PSA/DNA Type 1

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $711.00

Original news photo, picturing Babe Ruth and Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert shaking hands at the 1923 World Series, used as the cover photo for the December 1923 issue of Baseball Magazine. Encapsulated and certified as a "Type 1 Original News Service Photograph" by PSA/DNA. This is one of very few original Baseball Magazine cover photographs known to exist and, as noted by the hologram label on the reverse, it has an ideal provenance: It originates from the legendary 1996 Christie's sale of the Baseball Magazine photo archives! Although not explicitly stated anywhere, the photo's World Series provenance can be conclusively determined by the fact that one of the gentlemen pictured in the background is holding a 1923 World Series program. In addition to its Baseball Magazine cover status, this is a historically significant photo as it captures Ruth and Ruppert just prior to the club's first World Championship in franchise history. The fact that it came at the expense of their crosstown rivals, the New York Giants, probably made the victory all the sweeter for Ruppert. Games 1, 3, and 5 of the 1923 World Series were played at the newly christened Yankee Stadium, so this photo was taken prior to one of those three games. An "International Newsreel" stamp appears on the reverse, as do the following editorial pencil notations: "2 color/Base Ball/Cover/Make to fit/regular frame/Reduce slightly/square bottom/silhouette top." The photo (7.5 x 9 inches) displays two white editorial cropping marks, and a few extremely minute surface wrinkles. In Excellent condition overall. Included with the photo, and perfect for display with it, is a December 1923 issue of Baseball Magazine (Gd with both covers nearly completed separated from the spine). Total: 2 items (photo and magazine). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $711.00

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