1931 Babe Ruth Signed Photograph by George Burke. ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description1931 Babe Ruth Signed Photograph by George Burke. It's one of our favorite photographs of the Babe, instantly recognizable as the work of celebrated lensman George Burke, whose photography defines the way we see Depression-era baseball in our mind's eye. Here Ruth leans on his bat in his road greys, intently following the action from the visitor's dugout. He makes use of the lighter tones of his uniform to apply a lengthy black fountain pen ink inscription, which reads, "To The Three Musketeers, Charlie, 'Doc' and Patty, From your friend, Babe Ruth, Nov. 10th 1931." The end of the inscription competes for contrast against the dark background, but all ink is technically 8/10 or better.
The 7x9" image is partially affixed to a cardboard mount and has lost a small segment over Ruth's left shoulder, but fortunately this area is clear of the image's focus and Ruth's handwriting. Double-matted and framed to 13.25x14.25", a 3x2" inscription plaque nicely covers the affected area of the image and presents marvelously as is. [Note: The inscription plaque lists the incorrect dates (1925-1939 for Ruth's tenure as a Yankee and can be easily replaced if so desired]. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.
Guide Value or Estimate: $4,000 - up.
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