Lot # 1824: 1915 Babe Ruth/Smokey Joe Wood/Ernie Shore Composite Photo - Ruth's Rookie Season!

Starting Bid: $500.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2017",
which ran from 10/6/2017 2:00 PM to
10/29/2017 12:00 PM

Presented is a superb, original 1915 composite news photo picturing Boston's three mound aces: Babe Ruth, "Smokey Joe" Wood, and Ernie Shore. This impressive piece is especially significant as 1915 was Ruth's first full season with the Red Sox and any original news photo, composite or otherwise, picturing Ruth during his rookie season is scarce. Each player is pictured in a similar pose as he stands in front of the grandstand. Two different Underwood & Underwood credit stamps appear on the reverse, as do a few editorial notations. The original paper news caption, dated September 24, 1915, is detached from the reverse but accompanies the photo. The lengthy news article makes note of each pitcher's current record, as well as their stellar work at the plate, especially Ruth, whose "hitting has been a great asset to the Red Sox as he has clouted the pill for an average of .321." The photo (10.25 x 6 inches) displays a tiny edge tear along the right border, a small chip in the upper left corner, and minor rippling. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. It should also be noted that the original Underwood & Underwood glass negative used to produce the photo of Ruth in this composite sold for $21,510 at auction in 2013. Although this is an original news photo produced in 1915, the fact that it is a composite image has resulted in it receiving a "Type 3" designation from PSA/DNA. Regardless of the designation, photo collectors, Ruth collectors, and baseball historians will all agree that this photo dating from the dawn of Ruth's historic career is one that would be at home in even the most advanced collection! Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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