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Ruth family photos hit auction block through Shulte Auctions by Chris Olds

A collection of autographed Babe Ruth photos originally owned by his sister and never seen by the public have hit the auction block through SchulteAuctions.com.

The collection consists of five original photos and an inner book cover, which was signed, dated and personalized by The Bambino to Mamie Margaret Ruth-Moberly. The items have been consigned by the family and have never before been publicly available.

Adding to the allure of some of the items are photos from the Ruth family as well. The exact signed photo above, for example, can be seen in a photo of Mamie, which will come with the piece. That photo can be seen at right.

In addition, there also is a photo signed by Lou Gehrig, which also is personalized to Ruth’s sister.

The auctions are active now though the Woodstock, Md.-based company  and continue until Aug. 31.

Each of the photos have been certified by either James Spence Authentication or PSA/DNA.

The photo dated from July 1928 (top) is the leader so far in the auctions with bidding at just $2,769 after 16 bids. Meanwhile, the signed family photos — which have a single-name “Babe” signature — each have yet to crack $1,000. They are presently at just $549 after two bids apiece.

The Gehrig, which shows him in his Yankees pinstripes and carries a lengthy inscription, sits at $1,663 after 15 bids.

Click on the images for a closer look.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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[…] Ruth family photos hit auction block: “A collection of autographed Babe Ruth photos originally owned by his sister and never seen by the public have hit the auction block through SchulteAuctions.com. The collection consists of five original photos and an inner book cover, which was signed, dated and personalized by The Bambino to Mamie Margaret Ruth-Moberly. The items have been consigned by the family and have never before been publicly available. […]

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