SCP Auctions November 2010 Internet Auction
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A stunning crystal clear photographic image of famed Yankee slugger Babe Ruth, captured through the lens of Charles Conlon, is presented here in the form of this rare Ruth specimen from the 1929 R316 5" by 7" photo series. Little-known, even among the most accomplished students of early gum card issues, this rendering of Babe Ruth was issued in conjunction with 1929's R316 production (sponsored by Kashin Publications). Arguably among Ruth’s rarest career-contemporary issues, only a miniscule number of these 4-7/8" x 6-7/8" premium cards are known. They are infinitely more scarce than their R316 Kashin brethren in addition to be larger and more visually impressive. This example, which happens to have survived is stunning EX condition, is the only example to date authenticated and encapsulated by PSA and is naturally the highest graded. Given the size and fragile nature of this piece, which would also be classified as a TYPE 1 photograph, its state of preservation is remarkable. When viewed at an angle the surface glint from its silver bromide processing is readily detectable. A facsimile Babe Ruth “autograph” has been embedded in the image at the bottom right above the printed "New York American League". An exceptional Ruth rarity whether viewed in the context of a card issue or as a significant vintage photograph.