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    1924 Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, John McGraw Signed Large Photograph Presented to Jack Dempsey. Participants in our inaugural "Platinum Night" auction at last year's Baltimore National will recall the incredible Christy Walsh Collection that anchored the event, comprised of rare and important artifacts from the estate of the first sports agent. We have "The Christy Walsh Syndicate" to thank for this remarkable keepsake as well, a splendid oversized photograph gifted to the reigning Heavyweight Champion of the World, the legendary Jack Dempsey.

    Experienced collectors will recognize the image, or at least similar shots featuring Walsh's stable of sports stars typically found posing at the outskirts of a World Series contest. This illustrious crew stands shoulder to shoulder before the start of the Series which would ultimately earn the great Walter Johnson his sole World Championship. He and fellow Washington Senator Nick Altrock appear in their home whites in the shot, joined by Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, John McGraw, George Sisler and Christy Walsh in civilian garb. Each subject has applied a black fountain pen ink autograph at the lower edge, none dipping below a boldness of 8/10. Only Altrock's surname is visible, suggesting that the matting job hides some edge damage--the image has not been examined outside of the frame. Some creasing along the upper edge, where "To Jack Dempsey = 'Champ!'" is scripted in white paint, is apparent at certain angles to the light, but does little to distract. Otherwise the image presents very well.

    The photo is matted and framed to 20x23", with a sticker on verso identifying the piece as a former lot in the famous 1999 Barry Halper auction. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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