George Sosnak Urban "Red" Faber Hand-Painted Ball

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1971

Item Year: 1956

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Elaborate folk-art tribute ball, hand-painted by former minor-league umpire George Sosnak (1922-1992), commemorating the career of Hall of Fame pitcher Urban "Red" Faber." Sosnak has recreated Faber's Hall of Fame plaque on a side panel, while the text on the ball label and adjacent side panel provide copious information regarding his long career (only three of the panels have been decorated). 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. 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. The ball displays moderate wear to the unadorned panels and is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).


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