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Lot 1294: Original Sports & Political Cartoons by Frank Galasso (almost 600)
Frank Galasso is one of the Country’s leading cartoonists. This collection of original sports and political editorial cartoons, were featured in the major newspapers around the country in the last several years including Providence papers (he originated in New England), the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald and about 50 other newspapers. An important collection, due to the superior quality of the artwork and pristine condition of the bulk of the almost 600 pieces. Of course, as with all popular culture, the next issue is subject matter. This collection is truly eclectic, and representative of our times, of what it really like to live in America during the end of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st. This diverse collection has different components. First, there is an excellent selection of 55 portraits including Walter Payton, Bill Gates, Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton, Jay Leno, Osama Bin Laden, Stalin, Arafat, Bush, Cheney, and more. All 55 are important faces recognizable to the average Joe. As for the best of the sports, there is a wonderful group related to the New York Yankees such as their signing of Mickey Mussina, the World Series and the Yankee-Red Sox Rivalry. There is an interesting series of seven baseball movie pieces with a “Field of Dreams” with Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe Jackson, special group portrait (with Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig) and some of John Goodman as Babe Ruth. Other baseball topics include John Rocker with the KKK and burning of a cross, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire battling Maris in 1998, a marvelous group of 26 Boston Red Sox including last year’s thrilling championship season, Boston Bruins (10) and even Roger Clemens (5). On the editorial side there is every walk of life with the emphasis on the political. There are many with Bill Clinton (12), and even some flattering ones of Hillary. Many of these feature intricate drawings with excellent content, topical and relevant to the past and our near future. They deal with terrorism, patriotism, New York’s problems (using the Statue of Liberty to personify New York), Guns, O.J. Simpson, Uncle Sam & the military. The list goes on and on as these represent years of work. The majority are on heavy stock 9x11” and average EX-MT. A collection that cannot be replicated except over a lifetime of blood and guts and ink.
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