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Lot # 1: 1948 Babe Ruth, "Bows Out of Baseball" Iconic Photo by Harry "Chunky" Harris

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 40 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "May Collectors Auction 2021",
which ran from 5/18/2021 12:00 AM to
6/5/2021 8:00 PM

In one of the most important moments in baseball history, Harry "Chunky" Harris of the Associated Press was there. Perched next to Nat Fein in a weird position BEHIND a baseball icon as he said goodbye, he perfectly snapped Babe Ruth as he addressed Yankee Stadium shortly before his death. A large example with perfect clarity, this has stamps on the back from Wide World Photos (with permission from Harris) and the Metro Group. The image also has a sticker crediting Harris and the Associated Press as well. With a file stamp of 1949 it is absolutely within the time frame of a vintage 1 (Type 1) and presents well with one small paper scrape on Ruth's belt and a small rip that has been fixed on the back with vintage tape being the only flaws. This is the ONLY example of this photo from Harris that we have ever seen that is both off the original negative and within the right time frame, making it an important piece of baseball photography. With all due respect to Nat Fein, this one is just as good making it a tremendous investment for the collector who wants the famous image but does not want to spend $50,000 to get it!

Size: 8x10
Designation: Vintage 1
Condition: 2.5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Grade: 7.5/10

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