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1931 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Signed Photo - PSA/DNA NM 7 (Ruth) & MINT 9 (Gehrig)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $13,200
In the fall of 1931, Christy Walsh produced a series of short baseball movies starring Babe Ruth, all of which were distributed by Universal Pictures in 1932. To help drum up publicity for those films, Walsh arranged a 1931 postseason barnstorming tour for Ruth. Like his earlier "Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lous" barnstorming tours of 1927 and 1928, the 1931 tour had Ruth appearing in exhibition games across the country, where he would captain a team of local players against another team of locals. Babe's team was outfitted with custom uniforms specially created for the tour, which were lettered "Babe Ruth's Universal All Stars" on the front. One of the first stops on the tour was in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on October 2nd. For this event Ruth captained a team of Fort Lee players, while his teammate Lou Gehrig (wearing his Yankees road uniform) captained a team made up of West New York players. (Gehrig did not travel with Ruth on the entire tour, he only took part in the games played in the immediate New York City area.)
Offered here is a rare snapshot photo capturing Ruth and Gehrig posing together on the field during that tour stop in Fort Lee. Amazingly, the original owner of the photo was lucky enough to obtain the signatures of both players on the front after the photo was developed. Both signatures have been scripted in black fountain pen and are preceded by a salutation. Ruth has written "Sincerely Babe Ruth," while Gehrig has added "Best Wishes Lou Gehrig." The photo has been encapsulated by PSA/DNA, which has graded the Ruth signature "NM 7" and the Gehrig signature "MINT 9," resulting in an overall grade of "NM-MT 8." The photo (2.5 x 3.5 inches) displays a number of moderate creases, a small tear along the right border that has been repaired with clear tape on the reverse (not affecting either signature), and remnants of mounting tape on the reverse. In Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $13,200
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