November 2013
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This is one of eleven 1915 Underwood & Underwood Boston Red Sox Original Glass Plate Negative Portraits being offered in this auction. Click Here to read more about this very special collection.

 

At first glance, the baby-faced, belly-less Boston Bambino might seem to be captured in a moment of quiet repose and reflection. But gaze a little deeper and you notice the competitive fire in his eyes, the steely determination in his furrowed brow, the drive to succeed in his pursed lips, the take-no-prisoners attitude in his crossed arms. This is a young man on a mission. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 215 pounds, the 20-year-old phenom appears to beam with a barely contained, boundless energy lurking just below the surface. He exudes a providentially born confidence, if you will, that he is destined to—and, indeed, is quite on the verge of—dominating in almost every way imaginable the game before him. It is divinely ordained. A Ruthian revolution is fomenting that will forever change the landscape of the national pastime...and the nation itself.

Hey there, chap. You in the newsy cap. Yes, you, reaching for the scorecard. Do you realize how close you are to the greatest legend that baseball will ever know? 'Tis a pity to look away while history is in the making. Or how about you there, sir, reclining with ease, your legs crossed professorially. Are you not a fanatic? Not a member of the Fenway fraternity that will someday be called Red Sox Nation? One ought to be perched on the edge of his seat and clamoring for an autograph in the presence of such inestimable future greatness!  

The absolutely spellbinding, crystal-clear negative showcases beautiful Near Mint preservation with but a few specks of wear and an inconsequential line of white space at the image's top border. Hobbyists may remember this Ruth rookie portrait from an exhibition at the 2005 National Sports Collectors Convention in honor of Boston's 2004 World Series victory—which broke the infamous "Curse of the Bambino." Also that year, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston requested a special large-format portrait print to be displayed alongside Norman Rockwell’s painting, "The Rookie," where it remained throughout the Rockwell exhibit's run.

Historically Significant 1915 Babe Ruth (Portrait) Rookie Season Underwood & Underwood Original Glass Plate NegativeHistorically Significant 1915 Babe Ruth (Portrait) Rookie Season Underwood & Underwood Original Glass Plate NegativeHistorically Significant 1915 Babe Ruth (Portrait) Rookie Season Underwood & Underwood Original Glass Plate Negative
Historically Significant 1915 Babe Ruth (Portrait) Rookie Season Underwood & Underwood Original Glass Plate Negative
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Bidding
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000
Final Bid(Includes Buyers Premium): $21,510
Estimate: $10000 - $15000
Number of Bids: 13
Auction closed on: 11/22/2013