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    1933 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Photograph. Bigger doesn't necessarily mean better, as first baseman Lou Gehrig and outfielder Babe Ruth find themselves in the unfamiliar role of "little guy" when standing next to their hulking Red Sox counterparts Smead Jolley and Dale Alexander. This great Yankee Stadium shot is clearly meant to be a "study in sluggers," as Jolley and Alexander would end the 1933 season in second and third place for the Sox with nine and five long balls respectively. Ruth and Gehrig would combine for sixty-six.

    Obviously it's the men in pinstripes who steal the show here, and their Yankees uniform is noteworthy as the majority of Ruth/Gehrig signed photos derive from their barnstorming tours rather than their shared Bronx tenure. Ruth and Alexander provide signatures rating 9/10 and 10/10 respectively, while the pair of first basemen are a couple shades lighter at 7/10. The 7x9" image exhibits a degree of handling wear, with tack holes at the corners, some damage at lower right, and scattered bends and ripples, but nothing which negatively affects the autographs or the photo's central focus. Vintage tape on verso repairs minor tears at lower edge. News service stamping on verso dates the image to April 13, 1933, opening day at Yankee Stadium and most likely the day Ruth and Gehrig received their 1932 World Championship rings. Photo derives from the Jolley estate. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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