‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Babe Ruth Underwear Photo Premium
|Size||7″ x 9″
|Images||Black and White
|Number in Set
1920s Babe Ruth Underwear Photo Premium Overview
As the most popular player in baseball, Yankees slugger Babe Ruth did more than his fair share of off-the-field promotions. In addition to making movies and having his own candy bars, Ruth also promoted a line of underwear.
This photo was distributed as a premium item and featured a replica signature of Ruth.
Goldin Auctions says the photos were included inside boxes of the underwear with each box containing numerous shirts. Those boxes were green and had a color portrait picture of Ruth inside of the oval part of a number ‘9’. At the bottom, they read:
All America (sic) Athletic Underwear
The Champion Nine
The exact dating of this photo is not currently known. However, that earlier Goldin link has a photo with the date 1927-28 inscribed onto it so it appears to be a 1920s issue.
Today, the white undershirts and boxes still come up for sale from auction houses. The photos are actually more difficult to find.
1920s Babe Ruth Underwear Photo Premium Checklist
The Ruth photo is a standalone issue and not part of a set.