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Lot # 758 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1930s Baseball Pitcher and Catcher Ceramic Comic Statues

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $812.00

Pair of very high quality circa 1930s comical baseball figures featuring a portly pitcher and his equally sizable catcher on matching green bases. The figures appear to be plaster and are painted with great detail. The pitcher, in particular, is simply a very amusing figure, appearing graceful and almost dainty with his left foot just about to rise in his pitching motion. Though the pitcher is a righty, we can't help but point out that he bears a resemblance to Babe Ruth which may or may not be intentional, and though our minds may be playing tricks on us, we also think he looks a lot like Jackie Gleason. These are of an unusually high quality for comical statues. There has been a tradition among figural artists since the 1870s to create baseball figures in pairs. Many are very serious studies of great quality. Some are comical representations. These are among the most unusual early comical figures we have seen, that would brighten up any display of original baseball art. Each has a few minor nicks here and there, but display beautifully, and are in overall Excellent condition. Dimensions: the catcher is 14 inches tall, the pitcher is 16 inches tall. Total 2 figures. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $812.00

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