Original paintings used to create six cards in the 1953 Topps Baseball set are being offered by Goldin Auctions.
The unique paintings, measuring just 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ each, feature Minnie Minoso (who became card #56, Bobo Newsom (#15), Hal Jeffcoat (#29), Willard Nixon (#30), Danny O’Connell (#107) and Johnny Lindell (#230).
The 1953 set is renowned for its design, including the use of original art to depict each player in the set.
While a few 1953 Topps paintings were offered at auction in 1999 and more than 100 from Topps’ executive Sy Berger’s collection were consigned to a Robert Edward Auctions sale in 2009, this is the first time these six paintings are believed to have been offered publicly.
According to art and artifacts scholar David Cycleback, Topps created cards from the paintings by taking photos of them and making a plastic negative. The photographic image from the negative would then be transferred to a printing plate (one for each color) and those plates were used to print the color image of the player.
The six paintings are part of the October Legends Auction, set to conclude Saturday at GoldinAuctions.com.