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1927 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Barnstorming Photograph. Those experienced in the baseball autograph collecting hobby ha...

2008 May Signature Sports Collectibles Auction #709

 
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Auction Ended On: May 3, 2008
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
1st Floor Auction Room
Dallas, TX 75219
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1927 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Barnstorming Photograph. Those experienced in the baseball autograph collecting hobby have been trained to believe that Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lous dual-signed photos are actually modern reproductions, and for the most part that's true. Take a look on eBay and you'll find a dozen of them. Here we provide one of the rare breaks from that tradition, that instantly recognizable image of the barnstorming World Champs offering genuine, hand-signed autographs dating to the historic national tour. Pioneering sports agent Christy Walsh was the mind behind both this tour and this souvenir photograph that was sold at one of the ballparks the Home Run King and American League MVP visited in the weeks following the Yanks' four-game Series sweep. One wise fan took the opportunity to approach Ruth and Gehrig with this photo and a black ink fountain pen in hand, providing one collector eight decades later with a compelling reason to raise his bidding paddle high. Ruth's autograph rates a strong 8/10 in boldness, with Gehrig's, who adds an "Oct. 23, 1927" notation, a couple of shades lighter. The photo itself remains in remarkably fine condition with not a crease, stain or tear to be found. The 7x9" image is matted and framed to an elegant 15x17". LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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