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    2011 Brooks Robinson Limited Edition Bronze Statue Produced from Original Camden Yards Maquette. To know Brooks Robinson is to love him, and we got to do both when we sold his incredible personal collection here at Heritage in 2015. As the second Oriole to earn Cooperstown immortality (after the other legendary Robinson named Frank), Brooks' statue was slated to be the second unveiled at Camden Yards, during a May 12, 2012 visit from the Tampa Bay Rays, but illness delayed the event until September 29th.

    The Getty Images website has some great photography from that happy occasion, with all six Orioles Hall of Famers posing beside Robinson's oversized permanent statue at the ballpark (#153246754), and a shot of the Human Vacuum Cleaner tossing out the first pitch with an example of this "original format" statue on a pedestal behind him (#153245118).

    The listed statue measures approximately twenty-two inches (22") tall and thirteen inches (13") wide. Weight is a hefty forty-eight pounds (48 lbs.). Includes custom shipping/storage case.

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    2011-12 Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famers Bronze Statues by Toby Mendez Produced from Original Camden Yards Maquettes.

    The millions of fans who have passed through the gates of Camden Yards since 2012 will recognize these statues instantly, but for those of us far removed from the birthplace of the Babe, this may be the very time we've seen them. To mark the twentieth anniversary of that beautiful Baltimore ballpark's dedication, the Orioles franchise commissioned six massive bronze statues--each larger than life and weighing in excess of one thousand pounds--to honor its Hall of Fame residents: Frank and Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken, Jr.

    Maryland sculptor Antonio Tobias "Toby" Mendez--famous for his Babe Ruth and Johnny Unitas statues outside of Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium respectively--was the artist commissioned for the task, his mastery of the athletic form already well-established. Miniature plastic replicas of his Orioles were distributed to fans present at each statue dedication throughout the 2012 season, but it was just a couple months ago that we became aware that a tiny limited run of fine bronze castings had been made from Mendez' original carved maquettes that were later scaled-up to superhuman size for public display. These "original-sized" sculptures appear to bear markings on the base suggesting each was produced in an edition of twelve, but we have never seen any others appear, so even that figure may be high.

    The three examples on offer in this Platinum Night auction derive from the estate of Mark Butler, founder and former CEO of Ollie's Bargain Outlets, a discount retail chain with 350 locations in twenty-five states headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, about eighty miles from Baltimore. Butler's 2019 obituary lists sports and philanthropy as his two great loves, noting a $5 million gift toward renovations of the University of Maryland's Cole Field House (the tunnel through which the Terps football team enters the field bears his name), and ownership of the Harrisburg Senators minor league baseball team. But most notable was his role as chairman of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth nationwide.

    Surely it is due only to this special association with Orioles royalty, and Butler's noble history of service to Maryland sports, that made him the recipient of these gorgeous rarities presented for the first time to upon the hobby's major auction block. Perhaps each Hall of Famer owns one, and the team owner and other various top-ranking figures in the franchise. Certainly they have never before been made available to the general public, and we don't expect to see another any time soon. And that's a shame, because they are absolutely stunning in their form and detail, as our catalog imagery should convey.

    May the most devoted Orioles fan win.

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    August, 2020
    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
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