Mid-Summer Classic Auction 2013
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/11/2013
From Bret Saberhagen's personal collection comes this 18-inch high near-lifesize bronze bust of Jackie Robinson by acclaimed artist and sculptor Palmer Murphy. Murphy's work is well known within the sports memorabilia hobby, including producing a number of different busts and even some of the "modern" Hartland statues, but these spectacular bronze pieces issued by the Hall of Fame remain among his most notable entries in the sports field. The bronze likeness of Robinson was part of a series - limited to 550 pieces - that also featured Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. It sits atop a 12-by-10-inch wooden oval base that has a 7 1/2-inch metal nameplate at the front with "Jackie Robinson, Inducted June 23, 1962" and is flanked by the iconic Brooklyn "B" script logo and the HOF logo as well. The statue is numbered 103/550. The entire piece appears to be in essentially as-issued and problem-free condition, revealing only the tiniest, almost imperceptible nicks along the edge of the wood base and which are visible only upon the most careful examination. Comes with a Letter of Authenticity from Bret Saberhagen.