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1992/93 Basketball Hall of Fame "Center Court" Ron Lewis Original Card Artwork Collection (32 Paintings)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
Collection of thirty-two original artworks by renowned sports artist Ron Lewis for use in the 1992/93 Basketball Hall of Fame "Center Court" art cards. The "Center Court" art cards, produced in cooperation with and sold by the Basketball Hall of Fame, were inspired by the great success of the Perez-Steele Baseball Hall of Fame postcard set sponsored by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Like the Perez-Steele baseball art postcards, the "Center Court" basketball art cards feature an illustration of the respective Hall of Famer on the front, a postcard back, and were issued in a limited-edition individually numbered printing of 10,000 sets. The cards were produced for the Basketball Hall of Fame by Capitol Cards and Forgotten Heros. The set included fifty-one Hall of Famers plus two checklist cards. All of the artwork was produced by Ron Lewis. Offered are thirty-two original paintings (of the fifty-one created) by Ron Lewis which were used in the production of the set. Included here are the artworks for "Phog" Allen, Paul Arizin, "Red" Auerbach, Rick Barry, Clair Bee, Dave Bing, Robert Davies, Clarence Gaines, Harry Gallatin, Lester Harrison, Elvin Hayes, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones, Bob Knight, Harry Litwack, Slater Martin, Bobby McDermott, Al McGuire, Ray Meyer, George Mikan, Larry O'Brien, Bob Pettit, Andy Phillip, Jim Pollard, Dolph Schayes, Bill Sharman, J. Dallas Shirley, Dean Smith, Lusia Harris-Stewart, Nate Thurmond, Bobby Wanzer and Stan Watts. Ron Lewis is one of the premier sports artists of our time, best known to collectors today for his famous 500 Home Run Club and 3,000 Hit Club artworks. In addition to his baseball pieces, Lewis has also created a number of memorable works relating to the sports of football, basketball and boxing. All of the artworks (image area) measure approximately 8 x 13.5 inches and have been executed in oil on board. All are signed and dated by Lewis in either the lower left or right of the painting (with the exception of one which is unsigned). All are in Excellent to Mint condition. The nineteen artworks (of the fifty-one in the complete set) which are not included are missing because these paintings were presented to the respective player at the time of issue. Included with the collection of 32 original paintings is a complete set of fifty-three "Center Court" art cards (including the two checklists). Total: 32 original Ron Lewis oil paintings. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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