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Circa 1923 Babe Ruth Royal Tailors Advertising Display Plus 1950s Carstairs Ruth Sign (2)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $480

Babe Ruth's status as the most iconic sports figure in American history is reflected in these two advertising displays, one of which capitalizes on his fame during the heart of his playing career, the other shortly after his passing. 1) Exceptional example of the classic circa 1923 Royal Tailors salesman's sample book Babe Ruth page. The large-format page (15.5 x 19.75 inches) pictures Ruth in one of the company's overcoats and makes note that "Babe Ruth Pays No Tax On His Size." The quality and large size of this page, combined with the colorized image of Ruth, makes it an ideal display piece and one that has been recognized as a classic by advanced collectors for decades. While we refer to this as a "page" (because that is what it is, a page from an enormous salesman's sample book, with each of the modest number of pages in the book printed on thick high-quality cardboard stock), make no mistake about the fact that this piece has the appearance and impact of an extraordinary store advertising display piece. It is no accident that the image of this page is famous, having been published countless times. It is a classic. Originals are extremely rare (as rare as the large Royal Taylors salesman's sample books). When these books surface, this key page is almost always removed for framing and display (it is the only page in the book of this type). The page is in exceptional condition, having long been preserved in the confines of the salesman's sample book, with light wear, including a few minor abrasions, and is in apparent Excellent condition. Framed to total dimensions of 18.5 x 23 inches. This is a great Babe Ruth advertising display piece that a case can be made has always been underappreciated in terms of value! 2) Circa 1950s Carstairs Whiskey advertising sign featuring a full-length image of Ruth at the plate. His name, team affiliation, position, and lifetime batting average are displayed below his image. The die-cut cardboard sign (12 x 19 inches) has a large horizontal crease and is in Good to Very Good condition overall. Total: 2 items.


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