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    George Sosnak Folk Art Baseball, Lon Warneke. 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, and so it is quite an event that we are able to present eight here for the enjoyment of our bidding clientele. We invite you to pick your favorite-it will be a tough decision to make.

    While lacking the star power of some of the other examples presented within this auction, this is arguably the most extravagantly rendered, pairing a magnificent color portrait with a novel's worth of text and statistics. All centers around an authentic (though traced over) sweet spot signature from Warneke himself. A skillfully applied clear coat has kept the ball in Mint condition.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2007
    5th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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