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    1923 Yankee Stadium Terra Cotta Figural Piece. For five decades, from the birth of The House that Ruth Built until the 1973 renovations, this treasure of baseball archaeology kept watch over the millions of fans passing through the home plate gates of Yankee Stadium. The 16x19x5" slab of baseball history should be instantly recognizable to those fans fortunate enough to have visited the Stadium during its first half century of life, and now that the game's most important venue is mere months from its destruction, the importance and appeal becomes all the more vivid. Those thinking that more will become available when the wrecking ball comes should be advised that none still remain on the Stadium's walls, though these pieces are clearly visible in vintage photography, and Yankee Stadium blueprints (copies of which are always available on eBay) present this design above the text "Terra Cotta Panels on Balconies." The decorative design consists of two baseballs in the center of a scrolled pattern backed by a golden oval that was meant to convey a sense of glowing light. It's a stunning display piece that conveys better than any stadium chair or featureless brick the majesty of this Golden Age monument to our National Pastime. Fifty years of weathering is apparent upon its surface, but the weighty piece (perhaps seventy-five pounds) remains solid and undamaged, ready for a place of distinct honor in even the finest of private collections.

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