Group of three limited-edition mixed-media Upper Deck art prints, titled Legends of Sport
, each signed by the three athletes who are universally regarded as the greatest in their respective fields: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods. Each print has been flawlessly signed by each athlete in black marker (grading "10") along the bottom white border, directly below his respective image. These prints were limited in their distribution to just 500, and each is specially hand-numbered in the lower right corner. The offered prints are respectively numbered "88/500," "91/500," and "129/500." Upper Deck has orchestrated many celebrated signings during its history, but the Legends of Sport
print is universally recognized as its crowning achievement. Never before, or since, have Ali, Jordan, and Woods been brought together for a private-signing project, and both the scope and artistry of this piece reflect the magnitude of its occasion. The mixed-medium art print, which has been produced on P-Velvet archival paper with hand-torn deckled edges, measures an enormous 49 x 25 inches, and is housed in its original museum-quality custom frame (with UV-resistant Plexiglas) as issued (frame measures 57 x 33.5 inches; one of the frames is cracked). One of the most noteworthy features of this print is that its grand design has resulted in each athlete's signature matching the scale of the piece, with the Jordan signature in particular (nine inches in length on average) representing one of the largest examples we have ever encountered. This is undoubtedly the most significant limited-edition signed sports print ever issued by Upper Deck and one that is a true modern classic. The retail selling price of the Legends of Sport
art print in galleries, according to our research, appears to range from $5,000 to over $6,000 each, though these are a gallery retail prices (for a single piece). A group of three as offered here may sell for a significant discount and represent a tremendous wholesale buying opportunity. Each print is in Mint condition and is accompanied by its individual COA from Upper Deck. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of the three framed items in this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial.
Additional LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 3 prints. Reserve $3,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,875
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