Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Check Out Monty Sheldon's Painted Artball® of Yasiel Puig

Following up on a tradition made famous by George Sosnack and emulated by our very own Mitch Poole, I share with you the newest Artball® creation by Baseball artist Monty Sheldon.  He is undoubtedly the preeminent sports artist working on Baseballs as a medium today.

He recently unveiled his painted ball of Dodger sensation Yasiel Puig, and it is awesome.  See photos of it above and below.  You can also see more photos of it on his facebook page, here.

I have an interview with Monty Sheldon ready to share with you, so stay tuned.  I'm planning on posting that up tomorrow.  In the meantime, check out his Puig ball, and his facebook page that has hundreds of other photos.  His website can also be accessed here.

This is what he wrote about the Yasiel Puig Artball®:
Here it is, my recently finished Yasiel Puig rookie Artball®!

This is only the second time in 15+ years of painting on baseballs that I have painted a major league player during his rookie season. That first player? Ichiro Suzuki back in 2001. Considering that I have painted 570 Artballs® to date, that makes these "rookie" Artballs® vary rare indeed.

This Puig Artball® is for sale and comes with a special offer. The person who purchases this ball will also receive another Yasiel Puig Artball® that will be finished at the end of this year. That Puig Artball® will include his final season statistics as well as any highlights/awards he may collect by the end of his regular and post season. N.L. Rookie of The Year? NLCS MVP? World Series MVP? The sky's the limit for this kid. I'm certain he will be as much fun to watch as Ichiro has these past 12 years.

This two-for-one offer only pertains to this Yasiel Puig Artball®. If interested, please send me a personal message through this FB page or contact me through my website: montysheldon.com

Thanks for checking it out!
The asking price for this Puig ball and the promised second ball at the end of the season is $2,500.00. Considering the artistry, I don't think that's too bad.

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1956 Brooklyn Dodgers Tour of Japan Baseball Guidebook

I ran into this great vintage Brooklyn Dodgers collectible on eBay and wanted to share it with you.

It is from October 1956 and highlights the Brooklyn Dodgers Tour of Japan that year.  As you can see, it features a great drawing of the Brooklyn Bum by Willard Mullin on the cover.  It sold for an impressive $119.16 this past weekend.

(eBay Auction Link)

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Blog Kiosk: 8/27/2013 - Dodgers Links - Greinke, Jansen and Mattingly Way

Zack Greinke was masterful last night as he almost went the distance in a 6 to 2 win over the Cubs last night.  The Dodgers "magic number" is now 23.  Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.  Check out Tony Jackson's story at Dodger Scribe for details about last nights game.  Tony also shares postgame videos: Zack Greinke and Don Mattingly.
“I want our focus to be like we’ve always talked about,” he said. “Every day grind it out, don’t make mistakes, get better, throw the ball to the right base, take every extra base, don’t give up any extra bases, don’t give up any at-bats. You play every game like that. That’s really the focus I want. That every game is a game we have to win. You don’t take anything for granted.
Somehow, though, the entire place still manages to feel organic and pure, like it’s any local youth ballpark on any old Sunday afternoon.

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