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    Earliest Known Boston Red Sox Team Photograph with Babe Ruth, PSA/DNA Type 1. UPDATE: The Photograph measures 2.625" x 4.5".

    Extraordinary image is believed to be the earliest Red Sox team photograph with the man whose "Curse" would haunt them for eighty-six years. Babe Ruth did appear briefly during the 1914 season, but this 1915 image from spring training in Hot Springs, Arkansas is the first team shot featuring Ruth of which we are aware. The vintage is assured by the appearance of Ralph Comstock, whose sole season of BoSox service was 1915, and of Ray Collins, who would leave the team after the 1915 season.

    While any early Ruth Type 1 image carries enormous collecting appeal, the fact that this is a personal snapshot rather than a news service image is a thrilling distinction. The latter might have multiple copies struck from the same negative, but it is almost certain that the offered image is the only example that now exists, or that ever has existed. The wonderfully clear and well-registered photo measures 2x4.5" in size, with nothing beyond light edge and corner wear to report. Back is blank but for a tiny patch of adhesive tape. We thank artist and baseball historian Graig Kreindler, and leading sports photography expert Henry Yee of PSA/DNA, for their assistance with research for this lot. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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