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    One-of-One 2005 SP Legendary Cuts "Dual Cuts" Babe Ruth/Harry Frazee Signed Insert Card PSA/DNA Authentic. It is Newton's third law that states: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. With all due respect to Newton, certainly the decision by Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee to sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees breaks this law. The mere mention of his name will turn a Boston fan's face the same color as his ballclub's "Sox," but his role as the man who started "The Curse of the Bambino" with the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees assures his immortality in the lore of our National Pastime.
    Larry Frazee became owner of the Red Sox in 1916. The Red Sox won the World Series in 1918 but placed sixth in 1919. Frazee was also a player in the New York Broadway musical theatre scene and it is one of his productions - No, No, Nanette - that has been labeled as being the reason why Frazee sold Ruth to the hated New York Yankees to finance its production. It is this action, factual or folk lore, that turned the course of baseball history, the future success of the Yankees and gave birth to the "Curse of the Bambino." In truth, the bitter relationship between Frazee and American League president Ban Johnson had as much if not more as it did with some musical. The animosity peaked when Frazee criticized Johnson's role in handling issues regarding the United States getting involved in World War I. Johnson wanted Frazee out. The first to go was Carl Mays who was sold to the Yankees in 1919 against Johnson's wishes. Eventually most of the Red Sox stars would be sold to the Yankees for just over $300,000.

    The relationship between Frazee and Ruth was also tense due to Ruth's personal life, contract holdouts and other ventures which ironically included going into acting. It was Frazee who wanted to trade Ruth for Joe Jackson but the 1919 World Series closed that option. Long story short Babe Ruth became a New York Yankee on January 5, 1920. His impact on baseball and society at large is too immense to put a value on but whatever compensation Frazee received can be considered crumbs on the historical. The two men are linked forever which is why this card is so significant. Offered is a Limited edition - One of One - card featuring the authentic autographs of both men who changed the course of baseball for very different ways. The card comes from the 2005 SP Legendary Cuts "Dual Cuts" series. The card is virtually mint if that even matters, the black and blue signatures rate just as high. Of the vast number of these insert cards that bear the names of one or more baseball legends none may have more historical importance as does this unique collectible. Encapsulated PSA/DNA Authentic and it comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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