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1927 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Oversized Photograph....

2012 August 2 Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Signature Auction- Baltimore #7057

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 2, 2012
Item Activity: 5 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Location: B & O Warehouse, 6th Floor
Camden Yard Banquet Room
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Description:
An Extraordinary Relic from the Greatest Season in Yankees History!
1927 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Oversized Photograph. This simply phenomenal signed photo was sourced from the niece of Joe Glassenberg, who served as a bat boy for the New York Yankees from 1926 through 1928. That's him, of course, standing at center of the greatest slugging duo in baseball history, staring into the camera lens with the same unsmiling look of determination shared by his Hall of Fame friends. Purely as an image, this piece would carry tremendous collecting appeal, providing a sharply detailed study of the fabled Ruth and Gehrig during the storied 1927 World Championship season. It also must be noted that the photo is oversized, measuring a jumbo eleven by fourteen inches! Surely it goes without saying that photos of this magnitude were far from common during this era, as it required no small expense to print to these expanded dimensions. But it's the signatures, each personalized "To Joe" in magnificently bold black fountain pen ink that elevate this photo to the absolute pinnacle of collecting desirability. The image exhibits a few light scratches at lower right, but nothing that distracts from the majesty of the piece in the slightest. The photo is mounted to a cardboard backing which has served its purpose of preventing creasing or tearing admirably. Included with the signed image is an unsigned wire photograph that finds young Joe tending to his bat boy duties during a 1926 visit from the St. Louis Browns. Finally, our consignor has provided us with several photocopies of a column Glassenberg wrote for The Evening World newspaper entitled "Straight from the Bench" which provided readers with an insider's view into the Big League game. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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