Spring Premium Live and Catalog Auction 2018
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The live portion of this session will begin Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM EDT.

World-renowned for his Perez-Steele postcards and Donruss Diamond King cards, Dick Perez is no doubt the only elite artist who has ever painted all 300-plus Cooperstown inductees. Yes, take a minute to let that extraordinary stat sink in. Every player, every manager, every umpire, every executive—all of them.

This epic endeavor was spawned by Perez's two-decade tenure as the Official Artist of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Today, Dick carries the tradition forward as part of ongoing efforts for his deluxe retrospective book The Immortals, a new updated edition of which is forthcoming and will include Class of 2014 HOFer Joe Torre. Perez here made the inspired choice to pair Torre with future fellow enshrinee Derek Jeter, since their legacies are so intertwined from the 12 years they spent bringing championship glory to Yankeedom.

“Mr. Torre”, as Jeter famously addressed him, was a second father to the Captain and perhaps the single most important figure in his success. "It's very emotional for me," Torre once said, "when I think of Derek Jeter as this 21-year-old kid that I met over the winter in '95-96, and now he's a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He's special." As is Perez's oil-on-canvas tribute, measuring 22 x 28 inches and features all the hallmarks of his inimitable Impressionist style—from the spot-on likenesses to the abstract background pattern, and from the textured brush strokes to the rich color palette. No one else could bring this scene to life as Dick Perez can. And it's important to note that Perez's last Jeter painting was auctioned in 2014 for just shy of $4,000.

Joe Torre/Derek Jeter Large 22 x 28 Original Oil Painting By Dick Perez
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