Babe Ruth Signed Original 8x10 Photo (Type 1) 
Lot Number 612
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On February 26, 1935, after fifteen seasons with the New York Yankees, George Herman “Babe” Ruth” was unceremoniously released. Single-handedly rewriting baseball’s record books, “The Bambino” seemed ready to ride off into the proverbial sunset. However, it took less than 24 hours for the aging superstar to find a new home as a player/coach for the downtrodden Boston Braves. Assuming that role, in a “New York Minute” Ruth went from baseball’s penthouse to basement, as the Braves would become one of the worst teams in major league history. A shell of his former self but still beloved in the public eye, Ruth is the focus of this signed original 8x10 photograph. Portraying “The Sultan of Swat” during his initial workout with the Braves, this Thorne Photography Type One original is etched in a blue steel-tip fountain pen. Ruth’s stately inscription spans two inches with the signature boasting a (“7”) signature quality. Personalized to John Shepard, a pioneering Boston broadcasting executive, an additional “Third” marking was added in black ink. The original reveals acute damage, which includes surface cracking, moderate tearing, along with additional edge fraying and creasing. Despite those flaws this piece is bolstered by exceptional eye appeal with the signature being lightly affected by a pair of cracks that penetrates the sluggers surname. The black Thorne reverse stamp is clean, while the notation of Ruth’s initial workout and his status as a Brave is confirmed in light pencil. A remarkable specimen with outstanding provenance, this keepsake is a proud remembrance of an American legend who transformed the game of baseball. This definitive piece comes with a full LOA from JSA. 
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