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Circa 1998 Southland Art Castings Bronze Figurine Collection - Ryan, Griffey Jr., and Maddux
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,440
This collection of three rare bronze statues, issued by Southland Art Castings, circa 1998, is comprised of Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., and Greg Maddux. Each of the eight-inch-high bronze figures depicts the respective player in an action pose and sits upon a two-inch-high wood base bearing a metal plaque with the player's name engraved upon it. These bronze figurines were limited in production to only 100, and each statue features a Southland label on the underside of the base which lists its limitation number: Ryan ("23/100"); Griffey Jr. ("4/100"); and Maddux ("52/100"). Despite the limitation number of 100, we have recently learned that these bronze figurines were produced by order only (i. e., the company did not produce 100 statues and then ship them out as orders came in; when an order came in, the company notified the foundry to produce a bronze). Also, when ordering, a customer could request the number he wanted (i. e., "1/100," "25/100," etc., if it had not already been issued). Therefore, if a statue is found bearing the number "80/100" it does not necessarily mean that that particular statue was the eightieth one produced. Given that information, and the fact that that we have seen so few of these bronze figurines of the modern stars, it is highly likely that far fewer than 100 were actually produced for each player. Our consignor obtained these three figurines directly from a former owner of Southland Art Castings, who had them made for his personal collection! Each of the three wooden bases displays light-to-moderate wear, including a few tiny nicks and/or abrasions. The bronze figures are all in Mint condition. Height: 10 inches. Oval Base: 6 x 5 inches for the Ryan and Maddux; 7.25 x 5.5 inches for Griffey Jr. Total: 3 bronze figurines. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,440
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