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    1970's Joe DiMaggio Original Folk Art Single Signed Baseball by George Sosnak. Perhaps only Leroy Neiman's name is more recognizable to collectors when it comes to the field of sports art. And while the styles of these two celebrated artists couldn't be more different, their love and appreciation for the subjects of their work is evident. George Sosnak began his career in baseball as an umpire of military games in Germany after the Second World War, later attending umpiring school in Florida, where he called balls and strikes at Detroit Tigers Spring Training games. It was around this time that Sosnak began to develop his distinctive folk art style, characterized by charmingly crude figures and painstakingly rendered text and statistics applied with almost mathematical precision. It has been estimated that the examples of Sosnak's art baseballs number in the low hundreds.

    The arbiter turned folk artist created a masterpiece when he took this baseball in his capable hands and painted the story of Joe DiMaggio's career. Heritage offered a Sosnak honoring DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in the past and another which had far less artwork. This offering includes text, drawings and an 8/10 signature on the side panels. One entire panel features DiMaggio's Hall of Fame bust. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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    August, 2020
    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
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