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George Sosnak "1966 Moose Skowron Chicago White Sox" Hand-Painted Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $840
Elaborate folk-art tribute ball, hand-painted by former minor-league umpire George Sosnak (1922-1992), commemorating Moose Skowron's 1966 season with the Chicago White Sox. An illustration of Skowron at the plate, along with summary of his 1966 season adorn one panel, while the opposite panel bears the colorful White Sox logo and the year "1966." 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 an exception in that he began with a 1966 Chicago White Sox team-signed ball and left two panels and the sweet spot intact with the signatures. Included among the thirteen blue-ink signatures (grading "4" on average) are Hoyt Wilhelm, Moose Skowron, Floyd Robinson, Tommy Agee, Ken Berry, J. C. Martin, and Smokey Burgess. Sosnak was a prolific artist, by some accounts creating over 800 illustrated baseballs, and the popularity of his works has continued to grow with each passing decade. 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 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. The signature panels have been coated with a layer of shellack, which displays both flaking and a few abrasions. The artwork panels remain in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $840
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