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1933 New York Yankees Panoramic Team Photo with Ruth and Gehrig (Thorne Studios)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,800

Original panoramic photo capturing the New York Yankees posing together on field at spring training in 1933. The crystal-clear image pictures forty-two team members, including team owner Jacob Ruppert, manager Joe McCarthy, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, Tony Lazzeri, Lefty Gomez, Red Ruffing, Earl Combs, Joe Sewell, and Herb Pennock. The vintage black ink notation, reading "The Yankee Team 33/Thorne Photo," appears in the lower right corner. A "Thorne Photo" credit stamp also appears on the reverse. (Thorne Studios was one of several photography studios used by the Yankees to take official publicity/reference photos for the club.) This is an exceptional New York Yankees team photo dating from Ruth's penultimate season with the club. The fact that it also includes Hall of Fame owner Jacob Ruppert, plus many players from the extended spring training roster that did not make the club that year, distinguishes it from the standard official team photos taken later in the regular season. Also, incredibly, this photo pictures eleven Hall of Fame members, counting Ruppert. The Yankees were the defending champions entering the 1933 season, having swept the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Series that was punctuated by Ruth's "Called Shot" in Game 3. The photo (16 x 6.5 inches) displays a few light-to-moderate creases (most are only visible when viewed at certain angles), as well as a tiny tear (no paper loss) on the right border and a pinhole along the top. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. A PSA/DNA hologram label (1P03525) is affixed to the reverse certifying this to be an original Type 1 photograph.

SOLD FOR $1,800

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