With a 1960 trade from the Kansas City Athletics to the New York Yankees, Roger Maris hit full stride as one of baseball's premier sluggers. During the early '60s Maris put up numbers that rival those of the all-time greats, earning back-to-back MVP awards in 1960 and 1961. One of the most enduring collectibles to emerge during Maris' peak years, is this 1960-1963 Hartland statue. A bit of a deviation in design from Hartland's realistic line of baseball statues, this piece is distinguished by the inclusion of a base with faux dirt and a home plate.
Maris is posed batting from the left side of the plate, in a follow through position that suggests he just blasted one over the fence. Accompanied by an appropriate "short bat", this sixty year old icon knocks it out of the park where condition is concerned. Clean and glossy with a light-cream uniform and bold paint, this nicely preserved statue stands proud in (NM) condition, with just one small spot of wear on the cap above the "NY" logo preventing a higher grade designation. Also included is an original factory "display" box with red and blue graphics on a plain white field. Formatted with a removable cutout panel on the front, this cardboard container retains a decent shape, despite a considerable tear across the lower region on the back and a smaller tear at bottom center on the front.