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    1932 Babe Ruth Signed George Burke Photograph to Mayor of New York City. Six months to the day after the the Mayor was presented with this extraordinary signed photo by his city's greatest star, Walker was forced by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt to resign in the midst of a corruption scandal, fleeing to Europe to avoid prosecution. Left behind was one of the most desirable Ruth signed photos ever created, beginning with the unmistakable brilliance of George Burke's soulful portrait, printed to rare 8x11" dimensions and mounted to a backing board. A few small imperfections and mild silvering do little to detract. Ruth's black fountain pen inscription rates a conservative 8/10, reading "To my friend 'Jimmy' Walker, Best wishes always, 'Babe' Ruth, Mar. 1st, 1932." The rare late use of a quotation-marked "Babe" adds extra intrigue, likely utilized as a balance to the quotes around "Jimmy." Of course this would prove to be the Babe's final World Championship season, best remembered for his Game Three "Called Shot" at Wrigley. This may be our favorite of all Burke images, and this is absolutely the best signed example we've encountered. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    May, 2012
    3rd-5th Thursday-Saturday
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