Description1940's Babe Ruth Signed Photograph from The Beatrice Wade Collection, PSA/DNA Mint 9. Beatrice Wade's association with the Ruth family allowed her access few enjoyed. Dinner dates with Claire Ruth and the family were common when the Yankees were in Detroit. This classic image (3.5.x5.75") is boldly signed by the Babe in 10/10 black fountain pen. The Bambino carefully scripted every letter in his name to the upper left corner against the light background. A few light tone spots appear on the reverse. Undoubtedly, one of the boldest signatures we have found on this medium. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, Mint 9. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
The Beatrice Wade Collection of Baseball Autographs.
The pages that follow document the fascinating tale of Beatrice Wade, a beautiful Golden Age socialite from Detroit who found herself at the center of a social circle that included some of the biggest names in baseball. While her rooting interests may have leaned toward the Tigers of her Motor City hometown, it would appear that her closest relationships involved the iconic New York Yankees slugging tandem of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, and their wives.
Ms. Wade passed away in 1981, but her collection was only recently unearthed by our consignor, the daughter of Wade's cousin. All contents of The Beatrice Wade Collection make their hobby debut in this Platinum Night auction.
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2018 November 15-16 Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction