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Lot # 359 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1950 Callahan Hall of Fame Card Original Artworks: Tinker, Evers, Chance (3)

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,276.00

Presented are the three original artworks by Mario DeMarco used to produce the cards of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance in the classic Callahan Hall of Fame card set, the official set of the Hall of Fame issued annually between 1950 to 1956 (each year the new inductees were added to the set). The black-and-white artworks were created utilizing DeMarco's trademark "dot method" of drawing. Incredibly, each artwork is actually comprised not of lines, but of literally thousands of small dots. This is a painstakingly slow process attempted, let alone mastered, by very few illustration artists. Together, the three artworks represent the most famous "double play" combination in the history of the game: Tinkers to Evers to Chance. Surprisingly, the much-celebrated Chicago trio did not actually turn that many double plays, but that is only in comparison to modern times. Under Chance's often brilliant guidance, what the trio did was to bring fielding into focus. They devised new defensive strategies to defeat the bunt, the hit-and-run, and the stolen base (the key run-producing techniques of the dead-ball era) and implemented the first known version of the rotation play. Each of the three artworks is accompanied by its corresponding issued Callahan Hall of Fame card. Each is signed by the artist. All are in Excellent to Mint condition. This is an extraordinary trio of original artworks from the classic Callahan Hall of Fame card set. Each of the artworks is on bristol and measures 11 x 15.25 inches. Total 3 original artworks. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,276.00

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