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    The finest Sosnak specimen we've offered.

    Babe Ruth Original Folk Art 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.

    The artist's works have typically been judged on two distinct criteria: the fame and collectibility of the subject, and the detail and quality of the work. In both metrics, this specimen stands without equal, establishing this as arguably the most desirable and significant Sosnak ball in the hobby. Twin portraits of the Babe adorn opposing panels, with the others packed tight with biographical text and Ruth's bulging stat lines. The colorful design surrounds a facsimile signature of Ruth, a typical design characteristic of Sosnak's art. An expertly applied clear coat has maintained the color and integrity of the work, which presents without any discernible flaws. A peerless representation certain to identify the hobby's most devoted Sosnak collector.







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    Auction Dates
    Jul-Aug, 2014
    31st-1st Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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