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    Circa 1930 Babe Ruth Signed Oversized Photograph. "I swing big, with everything I've got," the Babe once famously reported. "I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can." A continuation of that oversized theme survives here in the form of a rare and eminently desirable original 11x14" photograph of Ruth and his sidekick Lou Gehrig, autographed by the former in bold blue fountain pen ink.

    This charming spring training shot is particularly appealing for a few reasons. Perhaps most notably, the vastness of this vintage print is quite rare for pre-war photography, derivative of an expensive process which would suggest the photo was created for a recipient of some notoriety. The few similarly large examples we've seen from Ruth have borne personalized inscriptions, as is the case with most Ruth signed photos of any scale. But the Babe adds only a "Best wishes from" salutation to his signature here, establishing this as the first oversized Ruth signed photo we've ever encountered lacking an identified beneficiary.

    While condition problems seem to gravitate to oversized vintage photography, this specimen bucks the trend admirably, with not a single visual distraction worthy of note. An investment-quality piece for the collector who understands what a special opportunity this offering represents. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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