Description1990's Mickey Mantle Original Oil Painting by Gerry Dvorak. Gerry Dvorak was not only an accomplished sports artist; he also was an extremely successful animator, working on Popeye, Casper, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear and others for Hanna-Barbera. During his late 30's, Dvorak was commissioned to paint the artwork used on the beautiful 1953 Topps baseball cards. One of the most famous and desirable sets Topps ever created, most collectors rank it second only to the 1952 Topps set in terms of aesthetics.
The most iconic image from the 1953 set is the Mickey Mantle card, and that is the image Dvorak set out to copy in this original oil painting. Measuring approximately 14x20," and framed to 19.5x30," the painting is not the original used for the set, but rather a later version recreated by Dvorak. It stays true to the original with intricate detail and perfect lettering. An original 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle card is matted below the artwork. Condition of the card is Poor to Fair, with remnants of tape on the top middle.
With the original 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle artwork in the hands of Marriott Hotels, and likely to remain there for quite some time, this is a rare opportunity to own an original Gerry Dvorak iconic piece.
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