What’s it worth? Last known pictures of Babe Ruth

Karl asks:
Hi Wally
I have  2 pictures with orignal negatives and authentication of what I believe are the last pictures take of Babe Ruth before he passed away.
I hope you can help me find out what they may be worth.

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AW says: Karl, this is an interesting photo indeed, and the documentation you’ve provided appears to be legitimate, and indeed if so, would seem to verify that this is the last photo taken of Babe Ruth.

There are some special things to consider here as I’ve learned whilst researching this.

The precedent on such an item has not been established yet, as there is no record of it being sold yet. Since it is a one of a kind item, there is little to compare it to. 

While a reasonable market analysis has been done, a well advertised sport’s memorabilia auction is where this lot should go. And as many auctions do, it’s results may prove to surpass the values given here.

It’s a rare item on one hand, on the other, it’s late in his career and un-signed.

Circa 1948

My appraisal is PER photo and negative set.

  • Retail value: $1,200
  • Wholesale value: $600-$800
  • Quick sale: (This item should not be offered for quick sale value)


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