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1988 Ron Lewis "500 Home Run Club" Signed Lithograph (#561/1000)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,540.50
Classic 1988 limited-edition signed lithograph of the eleven then-living members of the elite 500 Home Run Club, by renowned sports artist Ron Lewis, beautifully signed by Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Mike Schmidt, Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews, and Willie McCovey. All signatures are nearly flawless “10s” in blue Sharpie. The lithograph is also signed by the artist, Ron Lewis, in blue marker and is hand-numbered "561/1000." This was a very elaborate, successful, and groundbreaking project when produced in conjunction with the now legendary Atlantic City show in 1988 at which these greats gathered. Many consider this signed lithograph the single best and most well conceived limited-edition signed item ever created. This lithograph is not to be confused with smaller, lower-quality, mass-produced posters of this same image. In addition to the infinitely superior quality and very limited print run of the lithographs, the authenticity of the signatures on the lithographic prints is always a certainty. Many collectors are not aware of the tremendous distinction between the signed limited-edition lithographic art prints and the posters, especially from catalog images in which they look the same. The lithographic prints are much larger and are of much higher quality. As time passes, undoubtedly the lithographs will become all the more appreciated as collectors learn to fully understand the great distinction between the lithographs that have signatures guaranteed to be authentic and the cheap reproduced posters that are often not authentically signed. In our opinion, the lithographs are one of the great values of all limited-edition autographed display pieces. We think the auction prices of the lithos have been held down by the confusion with the posters, but in person (and often with reference to authenticity as well) there is just no comparison. The lithograph measures 38 x 24 inches and is in apparent Near Mint condition. Beautifully double matted to total dimensions of 42 x 27.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,540.50
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