Tuesday, May 01, 2018

1955 Dodgers World Series Painted Sosnak Baseball

This might be my favorite painted Baseball of all time.

Over the years I've come across and shared on this blog numerous folk art Baseballs painted by former minor league umpire George Sosnak. There was Branch Rickey and the incomplete Jackie Robinson ball from a few years back (see that here), and I especially loved the Chuck Connors ball with both a Baseball and cowboy theme (see that here). This ball featured here, though, is a clear favorite. After all, this ball celebrates the Dodgers very first World Series Championship.

It is currently available at auction at REA (Auction Link) and is already up to $4,000.00 in active bidding. I suspect it'll sell for much more than that -- likely eclipsing  the sale of a Johnny Podres 1955 World Series Sosnak ball that sold in 2014 at $10,665 (see that ball here). Per the auction description:
Although Sosnak was a prolific artist, by some accounts creating over 800 illustrated baseballs, the popularity of his works has continued to grow with each passing decade. Those commemorating historic events, such as this example, have always been particularly highly prized by collectors. Sosnak is nearly as well known in the folk-art community as he is in the field of baseball collectibles, so it is no surprise that examples of his work can be found in both the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. One of Sosnak's balls (detailing JFK's Opening Day pitch at a 1962 Senators game) can even be found in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. 
Below are more pics of this ball.

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1 comment:

  1. The detail in that ball is exceptional! It's pretty amazing how talented some people are.


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