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Lot # 872 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1917 Babe Ruth Original News Photo - PSA/DNA Type 1

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $16,800

Original International Film Service photo of Babe Ruth as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying it is a "Type 1 Original News Service Photograph." The photo captures Ruth in his road uniform warming up on the sidelines, with an unidentified teammate, field of play, and scoreboard pictured in the background. Unfortunately, the Red Sox wore the jersey style depicted here in each of Ruth's six seasons with the club (1914-1919), therefore a precise dating cannot be made. Original news photos of Ruth with Boston are scarce, as he was only with the club for five full seasons (1915-1919). This is an outstanding untypical image: it is a candid, full-body image picturing him as he is throwing, as opposed to the more common posed portraits. Ruth, of course, was mainly a pitcher with the Red Sox until his hitting prowess could no longer be ignored and he was shifted to the outfield in 1919. While we have handled a number of smaller snapshot photos of Ruth as a member of the Red Sox, this is the first original news photo we have offered (with the exception of a 1918 "hand study") in the past ten years. The photo (6.5 x 8.5 inches) displays a heavy diagonal crease running horizontally from border to border, as well as a number of other light to moderate creases throughout. It should be noted, however, that many of the creases are only visible when viewed at certain angles. The photo has been paper backed, but the original International Film Service stamp is still visible upon close examination. Although technically in Good condition, most of the flaws are not very distracting and the photo displays at a much higher level. (It should be noted that REA submitted this photo to PSA/DNA but since it is slightly smaller than the company's standard 8 x 10-inch holder it was not encapsulated. PSADNA concluded that encapsulating it would put the photo at risk of being damaged during shipping.)
SOLD FOR $16,800


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