1958-1963 Hartland Statue Complete Set (19 including "Little Leaguer")

Sold For: $2,963

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1096

Item Year: 1962

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Complete set of all eighteen Hartland Major League baseball players, plus the "Little Leaguer." The Hartland Company's series of baseball statues, issued from 1958 to 1963, are the most sought after sports personality figures ever made. They are so well crafted that the fans of each player can easily recognize their favorite by their stance or pose alone. Each statue was originally designed to retail for $1.98 to $2.50. In 1958 dollars that equates to about $20.00 to $25.00 today, so it understandable that most purchases of Hartlands were for special occasions, and most kids had no more than a few of them. There are numerous rarities in this set, as the later-issued figures such as Groat and Colavito were issued in far more modest numbers than the earlier figures. All eighteen offered statues are off-white in color and display light toning, in some cases with a few typical minor surface blemishes and/or scratches. Unless otherwise noted, all of the statues are free standing and complete with their original bat (if applicable). The set is comprised of Eddie Mathews (Ex), Dick Groat (Ex-Mt), Hank Aaron/dark skin (most of the cap brim once broke off and has since been glued back together; otherwise Ex-Mt), Willie Mays (the brim of the cap has snapped off and there is some minor staining on the glove; Fr/Gd), Rocky Colavito (does not stand freely; Ex-Mt), Duke Snider (repaired crack in the hands; otherwise Ex), Don Drysdale (does not stand freely; pitching rubber is cracked in half; otherwise Ex), Harmon Killebrew (Ex), Warren Spahn (Ex), Stan Musial (Ex), Nellie Fox (Ex), Ted Williams (Ex), Babe Ruth (Ex), Luis Aparicio (toe plate missing; otherwise Ex), Roger Maris (Ex), Ernie Banks (paint residue on bottom of feet, otherwise Ex-Mt), Mickey Mantle (Ex), Yogi Berra (with mask; Ex-Mt), and the Little Leaguer (Ex-Mt). This is a beautiful and very well preserved complete set of these attractive and popular figurines, all of which remain ideal for display as intended. Total 19 statues. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,963

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