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    Babe Comes Home, The (First National, 1927). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Sports-related posters have enjoyed popular demand for many years, and none more so than those that actually feature real sports legends. This incredible one sheet depicts the greatest legend to ever play the game of baseball, the Sultan of Swat, George Herman Ruth, otherwise affectionately known as The Babe. During his career, Ruth was the best slugger the game had ever seen, and his fame led producers to feature him in several films. Some of those films, such as this one and another called "Headin' Home" from 1920, cast him as the lead, while other films found him in cameos as in Harold Lloyd's "Speedy" in 1928 and "The Pride of the Yankees" in 1942. Ruth starred in an educational/short subject series, too, in 1920 and without his permission. He also did the "Babe Ruth Baseball Series" for Universal Pictures in 1932. This very rare one sheet was made the year that Ruth set his home-run record. The producers knew they had a winner in this star and of course featured him prominently on the poster in uniform. The public just couldn't get enough of this baseball superstar! Of all sports movie posters, none are more sought after or desirable than those which depict the Yankee slugger. Last year, a title card for "The Babe Comes Home" sold for $12,650.00. A very rare three sheet for "Over The Fence" sold for $55,739.00 and in 1999 a one sheet from the "Play Ball" short subject series brought $96,000.00. Yet none of these posters would seem to combine the graphics, ideal size, prominence of Babe Ruth's image, condition, and rarity of the presently offered one sheet. Due to the fragile nature of vintage posters, this example has been professionally conserved and mounted on Japanese Masa paper and linen with the strictest archival materials used today. Though very little work was needed on this piece it was decided to gently preserve it for at least another hundred years or more. The only other copy of this gorgeous Stone-Lithograph poster has been in a private collection for over twenty years and probably will not see the light of day anytime soon. This amazing piece of baseball and cinema memorabilia may never come around again -- so, step up to the plate and don't strike out, slugger! Very Fine+ on Linen

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