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Lot # 998 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1921 Babe Ruth Real-Photo Postcard

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $600

Unique real-photo postcard of Babe Ruth posing with two attractive young ladies in a formal studio setting. This real-photo postcard is related to another similar postcard of Ruth that was featured as Lot 842 in REA's April 2006 auction (Link:, as both feature the identical studio setting and the same two women with Ruth (all three are wearing the same clothes in each photo). The other postcard was accompanied by an interesting story, which we will briefly relate here again. According to the family that consigned the first postcard, one of the women pictured in this photo is their grandmother, who operated a "house of ill-repute" in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in the late 'teens and early 1920s. That house was known to cater to ballplayers visiting during spring training. The Red Sox trained in Hot Springs during Ruth's years with Boston (1914-1919) and Ruth enjoyed Hot Springs SO much that it is well documented that he continued to visit Hot Springs for "pre-spring training" in the 1920s even after joining the Yankees (who trained in Florida). It is interesting to note that Ruth would often get sick in Hot Springs, though it is not clear if this was due to hard living or the steam baths which made him more susceptible to illness. In any event, he certainly looks to be in good spirits on this postcard. As Ruth's stardom grew, he took great pride in his appearance and became well known for his grand style of dress. This real-photo postcard displays Ruth's personality and style off the field in a very unusual setting which certainly relates to his larger-than-life legend. The reverse features a postcard back and has been addressed and mailed, with the postmark reading "New York, N.Y. May 17, 1921." The addressee's name is obscured by a large area of glue and paper residue (from having once been mounted in an album), but the the town and state remain legible ("Richmond, Va"). The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) displays small creases in each corner and light border wear. Encapsulated and graded FAIR 20 by SGC. It should be noted that the technically harsh grade is mainly due to the writing and adhesive on the reverse; otherwise the card displays an overall Very Good to Excellent appearance.  Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $600

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