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On the heels of the early 1920 blockbuster deal that placed Babe Ruth in Yankee pinstripes, Hollywood immediately seized on an opportunity to enlarge on the myth of a baseball superstar. Released that year was a silent flick that starred the budding Bambino though, except for the credits, his identity wasn't specified in the movie. Ruth, rather portraying himself, was the fictional star of that silver-screen production. It was titled "Headin' Home" and, we may be sure, an effusion of promotional material emerged upon its release (alarmingly, though, only a very few of the movie's relics remain). Such is illustrated in this souvenir pin which, we surmise, was dispensed at the cinema (as opposed to any ballpark). Ruth's youthful image on the celluloid is actually a cropped version from an image projected on one of the lobby cards. This pin is 1-1/4" in diameter, and its black-and-white photo report of the famous subject is a model of perfection - ideal light and resolution. Retaining its original paper insert in the reverse, we learn that it was made by the Kraus Manufacturing Co. of New York. Profoundly pertinent to the specific event of Ruth's first appearance on feature film, this pin is EX/MT-NM - the gloss and contour are to blueprint, and we qualify the antique to note mild staining on the paper insert and very minor toning at the front's uppermost perimeter.
1920 "Headin' Home" Babe Ruth Pinback
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