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    1948 Babe Ruth Signed Poster--One of the Largest Signed Ruth Images Known! The Babe once famously boasted, "I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can." Presented is a lot that faithfully honors the theme, the largest Ruth signed image we have encountered. The image may be familiar but the dimensions are not, as this mounted photographic poster stretches the tape measure to 19.5x25", though the image still strains to contain the larger than life legend. We suspect the poster, due to its hefty backing, was once on public display somewhere, perhaps in the House that Ruth Built. Ruth wisely seeks out the blank canvas of his left sleeve to provide his inscription, which reads, "To My good friend Bill Hillburn From Babe Ruth, 6-15-48."

    This date falls just two days after the dying legend made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium, donning pinstripes for the last time in an event immortalized by Nat Fein's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo "The Babe Bows Out." Most of Ruth's blue fountain pen ink rates 7/10 or better, but a few strokes have faded. The autograph, thankfully, remains bold. Minor wear at the edges of the poster will be hidden upon display, leaving only tape stains at the edges of the inscription, presumably once holding a clear overlay to protect the writing, to report for a condition analysis. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2016
    12th-14th Thursday-Saturday
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