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1950-1956 Callahan Hall of Fame Card Set Original Artwork Collection (13)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,480.00

Collection of thirteen original artworks by Mario DeMarco. These are the actual artworks which were used to produce the following thirteen cards in the classic Callahan Hall of Fame card set, the official card set of the Hall of Fame which was issued annually between 1950 to 1956: Harry Wright, Jim O'Rourke, Alexander Cartwright, A. G. Spalding, Kenesaw Landis, Chief Bender, Christy Mathewson, Roger Bresnahan, Hughey Jennings, Willie Keeler, Joe McGinnity, Lefty Grove, and Carl Hubbell. Each of the artworks is on bristol and measures 11 x 15.25 inches. These works were created utilizing DeMarco's painstakingly slow trademark "dot method" of drawing, with each artwork consisting of literally thousands of small dots. Each of the thirteen artworks is signed by DeMarco. The Lefty Grove artwork includes a cut signature, just as it appears on his issued card, affixed directly to the background. Many Callahan artworks have signatures in the backgrounds, and it is interesting to note that these are actual cut signatures which the artist has traced over for boldness and glued to the artworks. When working on the set, DeMarco wrote to all living Hall of Famers for this purpose, but did not seek signature examples of already deceased players, which explains why some old timers do not have signatures as part of the design of their Callahan cards, while others do. These artworks were sold directly by Mario DeMarco in the 1970s, along with most of the other artworks from the 82-card Callahan Hall of Fame set. These represent the gallery of greats (along with Tinker, Evers, and Chance, offered as a separate lot) that the eventual owner of the entire collection chose to keep for his own personal collection for display. The others have long since been sold. These artworks have never before been offered and include many of the best and most desirable of all original Callahan Hall of Fame card artworks. All thirteen artworks have been individually framed. Each is accompanied by its corresponding issued Callahan card (with the exception of Harry Wright). All are in Excellent to Mint condition. This is an outstanding collection of thirteen original artworks from the classic Callahan Hall of Fame card set. The artworks can easily be removed from the frames to make the shipping cost modest if desired. Total 13 original artworks. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000.

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