A large exhibition of rare baseball cards, memorabilia and artwork is planned for the Detroit Institute of Arts beginning late next month.
“Play Ball: Baseball at the DIA,” will be on view March 30–Sept. 16. The exhibition features artworks from the DIA’s collection as well as rare baseball cards collectibles from the Rochester, Michigan-based E. Powell Miller collection.
A highlight of the exhibition is a complete collection of T206 cards. Miller’s collection is noted for its rarity and superlative condition and according to PSA, is ranked third in the world. The Miller T206 collection boasts a Joe Doyle “error card” as well as a Honus Wagner (PSA 1) and a PSA 6 Eddie Plank.
The exhibition coincides with the Detroit Tigers 1968 World series championship 50th anniversary. Tigers baseball cards, programs and other items from that team are included in the sale.
Two baseball-themed art works from the DIA’s collection will also be on view in the exhibition including the 1993 large-scale painting Hard Ball III by American artist Robert Moskowitz (born 1937) and a new acquisition by contemporary Guatemala-based artist Dario Escobar who will create a special installation of cut Detroit Tiger baseball bats that outline the skyline of the city.