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    Circa 1927 Babe Ruth "Bubble Gum Cap" Original Photograph by Charles Conlon, PSA/DNA Type 1. It's one of the most beloved photographic portraits of the Babe in his vast visual archives, an utterly charming shot that confirms that the greatest slugger never took himself too seriously, even at the height of his world-beating powers. While Ruth wears an expression of sober confidence, the wad of chewing gum placed on the button of his cap transforms the work from simple portraiture to an endearing character study.

    The man on the other side of the camera was the esteemed Charles Conlon, the foremost baseball photographer of the era whose personal collection of glass plate negatives drew a winning bid of $1.8 million in our August 2016 Platinum Night auction. His original prints are counted among the most coveted within the baseball photography collecting subgenre, and this is one of his most celebrated images from his catalog of thousands.

    Condition of the 5.5x4" image is marvelous, with handwritten notation on verso from Conlon. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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