Lot # 2202: George Sosnak "1955 Dodgers World Champions" Hand-Painted Baseball

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2018",
which ran from 4/13/2018 12:00 PM to
5/6/2018 12:00 PM

Elaborate folk-art tribute ball, hand-painted by former minor-league umpire George Sosnak (1922-1992), commemorating the Brooklyn Dodgers' 1955 World Championship. The Dodgers' historic victory over the Yankees in the 1955 Fall Classic marked the only World Championship for the club while in Brooklyn. An illustration of Podres being embraced by Roy Campanella after Game 7 adorns a side panel, while nearly every inch of the remaining surface area features Sosnak's meticulous hand-painted lettering and illustrations. When creating a ball dedicated to a specific individual, Sosnak customarily began with a ball autographed by that person. He then incorporated the autograph within his design, often enhancing it with his favorite medium: India Ink. This ball is one of those rare exceptions in that the blue-ink signature of Johnny Podres appears on a side panel, but Sosnak has NOT enhanced it in any way. Podres, of course, was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series. The text provides information regarding the 1955 World Series, including the box score from Game 7 for each club. Although Sosnak was a prolific artist, by some accounts creating over 800 illustrated baseballs, the popularity of his works has continued to grow with each passing decade. Those commemorating historic events, such as this example, have always been particularly highly prized by collectors. Sosnak is nearly as well known in the folk-art community as he is in the field of baseball collectibles, so it is no surprise that examples of his work can be found in both the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. One of Sosnak's balls (detailing JFK's Opening Day pitch at a 1962 Senators game) can even be found in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Sosnak coated the ball with a thin layer of protective shellac (a common practice of his) and it remains in Near Mint condition. As a point of reference, a similarly designed Sosnak ball, commemorating Podres' Game 7 1955 World Series victory, appeared as Lot 1235 in REA's Spring 2014 auction, where it realized $10,665. Pre-certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication Services. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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