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1990s Baseball Hartland Statue Collection with Gehrig, Dean, and Clemente (6)
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $180
Collection of six Hartland baseball statues, produced during the 1990s, two of which are housed in their original boxes. The entire set of modern-era Hartlands is comprised of only six old-timers, an umpire, and Nolan Ryan (both home and away), so this collection includes all but the extremely rare Cobb and Feller statues, and Nolan Ryan home uniform variation. (Note: The Ty Cobb is offered separately as its own lot).
In 1963 Hartland Plastics was purchased by the Revlon Cosmetics Company, which resulted in an immediate cease of production of the company's highly collectible line of sports and Western figurines. While collectors forever after lamented the end of the series, their spirits were brightened in 1990 when a Dallas attorney by the name of William Alley purchased the rights to use the company's original molds to produce commemorative issues of all eighteen baseball Hartland statues produced between the years 1958 and 1963. While the original plan was to issue only commemorative editions, Alley became ambitious and subsequently produced six brand-new baseball-player designs. The new figures were authorized for a production run of 10,000 for each new design, but only two of the figures ever reached that mark: Whitey Ford and Roberto Clemente. Lou Gehrig and Dizzy Dean each reached a production of approximately 600. Ty Cobb had a finished run of only forty-five, leaving Bob Feller, with twenty-five units produced, as the rarest of the modern Hartlands. (An "Umpire" figure was also produced in limited numbers.) The main reason for the limited production of the new Hartlands was the mysterious (and still unsolved) disappearance of company owner William Alley while on a business trip. Another firm later bought the rights to finish the existing agreement's production allowances. However, they stopped after completing the runs for Ford and Clemente, never attempting to produce additional statues of Gehrig, Cobb, or the others. A few years later, the company issued a Nolan Ryan statue, which included both a home and road version.
The collection is comprised of the following: 1) Lou Gehrig (in its original box which retains its shrink-wrap plastic. The box displays a few minor creases and is in Ex-Mt condition. The figure is presumably in Mint condition. 2) Roberto Clemente. Mounted to a plastic base, otherwise Nr-Mt. 3) Whitey Ford. Mounted to a plastic base, otherwise Nr-Mt. 4) Dizzy Dean. Mounted to a plastic base. Both arms became detached and were later repaired. Gd. 5) Umpire. Mounted to a plastic base, otherwise Nr-Mt. 6) Nolan Ryan. Road uniform. Mint and housed in its original box (Nr-Mt). Total: 6 statues (2 in their original box). SOLD FOR $180
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