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    The Yankee Clipper sets sail for immortality...

    1955 Joe DiMaggio Plaster Mold Used to Create Hall of Fame Plaque.
    We'll let the included letter of provenance tell the fascinating tale of this original artwork:

    To Whom This May Concern:

    My name is G. Calvin Seaman. I am 91 years old and a 52 year resident of River Vale, N. J. My father's name was George Seaman. He was a Bronze Artisan who worked for Steinmeier Bronze Tablet Co. of New York City, N. Y. I hereby certify as to the accuracy of the following facts pertaining to the Plaster Mold of former Yankees star JOE DIMAGGIO:

    1) The plaster mold is the start of the process of making the final plaque that hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N. Y. From this mold the bronze is poured, shaped, polished and affixed to the frame.

    2) My Father, George Seaman, was the artisan who produced the final plaque of Joe DiMaggio. The plaque now hangs in the Hall of Fame since 1955, the year Joe was voted into the Hall.

    3) Steinmeier Bronze Tablet Co. produced all of the plaques of the inductees during the early years of the Hall of Fame.

    4) This Joe DiMaggio mold was in my possession since my father died in 1972.

    The rarity and importance of the relic is difficult to overstate. Only a single bronze plaque is crafted for each inductee, to be displayed at Cooperstown, with the players themselves receiving a photograph of the plaque instead of a duplicate. Thus the offered relic is one of only two three-dimensional examples that exists--the Cooperstown bronze, and this plaster original artwork.

    Remarkably, a find of seventy-five original molds in the early 1980's led to a rather heated battle with the Baseball Hall of Fame, who insisted that they held legal title to ownership rather than the foundry, which had disposed of them for destruction. Ultimately it was determined that the Hall held no legal claim, but they were able to purchase the collection of seventy-five for an undisclosed amount. This DiMaggio version remains in private hands only due to the artisan's personal affection for the Yankee Clipper.

    It measures 7x5" in size, with a bronze frame expanding the final dimensions of the display to approximately 8.5x5.5". Minor handling/storage wear is evident, but it still displays wonderfully.


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    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
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