Catch hold of a couple of inspiring baseball treasures with this 1950s Roy Campanella lot of (2). A leader and inspiration to teammates, fans, friends and family, "Campy" was a heart and soul leader of the supremely talented Brooklyn Dodgers "Boys of Summer" team. A 3-time MVP, Campanella was so popular that even the sportswriters liked him and we suspect that umpires did as well. Feel some of the love shown for the brilliant Brooklyn backstop with this pair of vintage mementos. Featured are:
1950 Plaque Award measuring 12x17 and featuring a catcher trophy statue on an American Eagle pedestal and an engraved title plate that reads "To Roy Campanella for Meritorious and Inspirational Contribution to American Youth, Queens County Youth Athletic Center of Jamaica Inc. 1950". This shield shaped presentation piece was obviously bestowed upon Campanella by a local New York City youth organization located in the Borough of Queens. The catcher statue presents in excellent condition while the engraved brass banner and wood plaque show moderate wear. All in all this fantastic keepsake that personally belonged to one of baseball's true all-time greats, displays in highly pleasing state, with a great period authenticity.
1958 Testimonial Dinner Photo measuring 20x12, taken at Toots Shor's Restaurant in Manhattan. They had to size this photograph to such colossal proportions to make clear the images of Campanella's many admirers in attendance. The exact date and location of the pictured event is noted in a caption printed on the photo at lower right, which reads "Kiwanis Club of New York City Citation Dinner in Honor of Roy Campanella, Toots Shor, December 10,1958". Rating as (FR-GD), this vintage photo bears multiple creases and several tape repairs, including one on the obverse at lower right and a few on the perimeter of the reverse. Despite the considerable wear, the images remain distinct and the surface retains decent gloss. Campanella is seen seated at the dais, just to the left of the microphone podium. Also seen at dais is commissioner Ford C. Frick, seated third from the right.