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Old 06-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Auctioning off my Babe Ruth signed photo with full JSA COA, bidding ends tonight!

Guys, anyone interested in a great piece of history, please go bid! At a steal of a price right now! Thanks to Huggins and Scott Auctions!

Babe Ruth Signed Original Photograph With Noteworthy Salutation - Full JSA

While the respective origins of this original black-and-white Babe Ruth photograph and the signature/inscription of its iconic subject are open to speculation, one certainty is that its status as a Type I photo decorated with a bold Ruth penning prompts feelings of awe and superlative-laden descriptions. This “Murderers Row” treasure’s physical attributes are as follows: a 6-13/16 x 8-15/16” black-and-white studio portrait of Babe Ruth. Portrayed undoubtedly during his post-career years in a three-piece suit and necktie, Ruth, though slightly aged, maintains his unmistakable flat nose, furrowed brow and boyish grin that are visually synonymous with an icon unlike any before or since in American sports and culture. In black-ink steel tip fountain pen, Ruth has inscribed: “To My Pal Ed – A good man for the job as M.C. – Sincerely (signed) Babe Ruth.” The unmistakable penmanship flows evenly and despite minimal fading at the onset of the surname, still maintains (“8”) strength and clarity. The photo showcases much of its original gloss. Evidence of handling (in the form of minor creases) are likely the result of handling in a promotional endeavor. The reverse is home to mounting remnants and an independent photographer’s stamping that warrants the assumption of promotional use.

The reverse stamping reads: “PHOTOGRAPHED By HAL McALPIN.” McAlpin, of course, was a prominent photographer in the motion picture industry. Among his more notable efforts was a movie stills assignment for the 1942 production of “Pride of the Yankees.” Therein lies a highly probable explanation to Ruth’s inscription.

In the film’s onscreen credits, a portion reads: “Appreciation is expressed for the gracious assistance of Mrs. Lou Gehrig and for the cooperation of Mr. Ed Barrow and the New York Yankees, arranged by Christy Walsh.” The film’s first showing was on July 14, 1942 at New York’s Astor Theatre. It’s likely that Barrow served in a master of ceremonies capacity for those gathered at that screen debut. Hence, Ruth’s “To My Pal Ed” and “M.C.” inscriptions may very well refer to the above-mentioned night at the Astor. In any case, this is a magnificent Ruth artifact and a welcome addition to any high-end collection. Full photo LOA from JSA.





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