1948 Babe Ruth Photograph
I got it at an auction in Phoenix, Arizona.
What did you pay for it?
Uh, five dollars.
Five dollars. Well, you came up with one of the more iconic images in baseball history. It's, uh, from June 13, 1948. It's Babe's farewell speech to the fans at Yankee Stadium. There's a very famous image by a photographer named Nat Fein, taken from behind. We've seen that image. This is obviously from another angle, and it's a very, very poignant image of the gravely ill Babe Ruth. He would die two months later. It's a phenomenal photograph. Baseball photography has become very, very popular of late, and this is a, uh, a vintage image, a vintage wire photo. It's a beautiful, beautiful photograph. Five dollars?
What a great find.
I was happy to see it.
At auction, a photograph like this would bring at least $300 to $400.
So what a great, great find.
Yeah, it was. I'm glad I kept it.
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