Beautiful Sandy Koufax 1965 World Series Hand Painted George Sosnak Baseball JSA
Elaborate folk-art tribute ball, hand-painted by former minor-league umpire George Sosnak (1922-1992), commemorating both the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1965 World Championship season and Sandy Koufax winning the Cy Young Award. Three of the six panels feature Sosnak's meticulous artwork and lettering, including a full side-panel illustration of Sandy Koufax. Signed and dated ("1966") by Sosnak. The other three panels feature blue-ink signatures of 15 members of the 1965 Dodgers, including Koufax, Drysdale, Alston (Mgr.), Wills, Fairly, Lefebvre, and Roseboro. 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. Those featuring iconic players, such as this example, have always been particularly highly prized by collectors. 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 painted panels remain in Near Mint condition. Full letter COA from JSA.
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