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    1947 Babe Ruth Signed Photograph from The Beatrice Wade Collection, PSA/DNA NM 7. The Fourth of July usually consists of fireworks, a backyard cookout and a side of baseball mixed in. We can only imagine the fireworks Beatrice Wade felt when the Bambino signed this 8x10" photo to the Detroit socialite. Wade, a personal friend of Claire Ruth's, was gifted the offered photograph by Ruth with the following salutation: "To A Lovely friend and a great girl Bea. Wade From Babe Ruth 7-4-47." Black fountain pen was the instrument of choice, and this beauty rates 9.5/10. We were told by a family member of Wade's that these were signed and subsequently put away. This gem was unearthed when Wade died in the early 1980's and has rarely seen the light of day since Ruth blessed it back in 1947. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, NM 7. 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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