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Lot 978: Babe Ruth & Ty Cobb Signed Photo (6x8”)
The significance of this photo cannot be overstated. Just seeing archrivals Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb together like this is a rarity, but photos with the two players together in this manner is absolutely unheard of. To top it off, the purple ink signatures from Cobb and Ruth are NRMT and grade perfect “10’s.” It is widely known that these two baseball gods could not stand each other. Their rivalry sometimes went beyond friendly sporting competition. But together in this photo the two biggest baseball legends of all time confer on the art of hitting. It appears that Cobb is explaining the use of his split-handed grip to the Babe, who looks intently at the position of Cobb’s hands. Ruth is dressed in Yankee pinstripes, Cobb in Philadelphia Athletics uniform, dating this photo to the 1927 or 1928 seasons - Cobb’s final season, or the season in which Ruth would hit 60 home runs, setting the single-season home run record which stood for 34 years. Together in Yankee Stadium, the two largest sports figures of the era meet for one of their last match-ups ever. This timeless photo is preserved in its original plain black frame in NRMT condition. Exquisite contrast makes this diamond in the rough all the more desirable. An absolute anomaly in the world of photo collecting!
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