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    The finest Red Sox batting image of the great Bambino!

    Circa 1918 Babe Ruth Original News Photograph by Charles Conlon, PSA/DNA Type 1.
    Two of the greatest practitioners of their respective fields join forces here to create one of the most desirable baseball photographs to cross our desks in recent years. Working the shutter was the great Charles Conlon, a man whose peerless skill in the service of The Sporting News was instrumental in building a visual record of the Dead Ball Era game. His subject certainly needs no introduction.

    And it hardly needs to be stated that, while any period Ruth image carries enormous collecting appeal, the small percentage predating his 1920 reassignment to the New York Yankees are coveted above all others. Here we encounter just such an example, a slim southpaw looking every bit the part of his famous nickname. The faint pinstripes of his uniform assure a date no later than the World Championship season of 1918, as the club would go to solid prints for both home and roads in 1919.

    Though Ruth would become the greatest home run hero in the sport's history, very few images snapped during his Red Sox tenure find the Babe in a batting pose, as pitching was his primary role at Fenway. We risk no hyperbole in hanging a "Finest Known" adjective upon this Conlon masterpiece.

    Dimensions 9.5x6.75". Fine condition with only light edge/corner wear. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.


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    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
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