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Baseball artist Monty Sheldon to commemorate 90th anniversary of Black Sox with eight sketch cards by Chris Olds
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An example of Monty Sheldon's sketch cards -- a past Sheldon’s Sketch Card Champions card of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

Noted baseball artist Monty Sheldon is commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal with a series of eight hand-drawn and intricately detailed pencil sketch cards that he will complete, unveil and sell on the anniversary of each game from the 1919 World Series.

His “Eight Men Out” concept is an interesting piece of self-promotion — he already sells his Sheldon’s Sketch Card Champions cards, which are part of a larger set weekly on eBay (user rube77) — but this project will acknowledge the history of the game and, with the auctions’ subjects and timing, also perhaps bring some attention to one of baseball’s more interesting stories.

But it’s also a project that ties into his creative past.

“When I first started painting on baseballs back in 1998, I knew the following year would be the 80th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal, and I finished painting a baseball of each player to correspond with each game’s date,” Sheldon said on Friday afternoon. “Back then, that group of baseballs proved to be quite popular when I would display them at the card shows.

“Now, it is 10 years later, and I wanted to add something special to my sketch card set, so the 90th anniversary set made perfect sense.”

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Heritage set to auction million-dollar vintage collection by Chris Olds

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An impressive collection of rare and high-grade key vintage baseball cards is set to hit the auction block through Heritage Auctions in September, led by a PSA 8 Ty Cobb 1911 D304 Brunners card estimated at $200,000.

The Freedom Collection as a whole is estimated to fetch more than $1.2 million for just 40 cards of Hall of Fame players and will be sold during the Dallas-based company’s Signature Sports Auction that launches on Sept. 10 and ends on Oct. 1. The seller has wished to remain anonymous.

“It absolutely ranks among the finest private collections of high-end cards in the world,” said Heritage’s Chris Ivy in a release. “Only the most iconic names in baseball history are represented, and each of the 40 cards rate among the highest graded available … It’s rare to have a single six-figure card in an entire auction, and there are several examples in this small but special collection.”

It includes “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays among the highlights. See a sampling of the cards after the jump.

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