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Lot # 1235 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

George Sosnak "1955 World Series - Game 7" Hand-Painted Ball

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $10,665

Elaborate folk-art tribute ball, hand-painted by former minor-league umpire George Sosnak (1922-1992), commemorating Johnny Podres' win in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series against the Yankees. The Dodgers' historic victory in the 1955 Fall Classic marked the only World Championship for the club while in Brooklyn. An illustration of Podres being embraced by Roy Campanella after Game 7 adorns a side panel, while nearly every inch of the remaining surface area features Sosnak's meticulous hand-painted lettering. When creating a ball dedicated to a specific individual, Sosnak customarily began with a ball autographed by that person. He then incorporated the autograph within his design, often enhancing it with his favorite medium: India Ink. This ball is no exception, with the enhanced signature of Johnny Podres highlighting the lone illustration. The text provides information regarding the 1955 World Series, including the box score from Game 7 for each club. 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. Sosnak coated the ball with a thin layer of protective shellac (a common practice of his) and it remains in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $10,665

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