|Frequently Asked Questions|
||Q) Which players are available
on a Monty
Sheldon ARTBALL® ?
A) Virtually any player (Or
that matter) can be requested. Hall Of Famer, Rookie, 19th Century -
Century. In fact, the subject does NOT have to be a baseball player at
all to be featured on a Monty Sheldon ARTBALL®.
Q) When you say "Each ARTBALL® is Unique", what does this mean?
A) Each ARTBALL® is 100% HAND
right down to the detail of each stitch. If 100 different people were
commission the same player, Babe Ruth, for instance, each of those 100
balls would be different. They might have different images, color
statistical emphasis, or biographical information. In addition each
is signed and dated by Monty Sheldon on the day it is completed.
Q) What if I like a design of a previously completed ARTBALL®, Can I have a duplicate made?
A) While no two will be alike, it
to order an ARTBALL® which is "Similar", but not identical, to a
Q) How long does it take to paint an ARTBALL®?
A) Each standard ARTBALL®
approximately 20 hours of labor to create. Because of the shape of a
a minimum of five different painting sessions (Days) are required for
Q) If I commission an ARTBALL® today, how long does it take until I receive it?
A) At the time the ARTBALL®
you will be given an estimated completion date. In some cases it may
sooner, or well after that estimated date. If an ARTBALL® is being
commissioned for a special occasion (Birthday, Christmas, etc.) please
let us know at the time the work is commissioned. We will make every
to deliver an ARTBALL® in time for a special presentation, provided
we know this information at the time the ARTBALL® is commissioned.
Depending on the number of back orders, an ARTBALL® can be created
in as little as 4 weeks from the time it has been commissioned.
Q) Do I have to provide Statistics or photographs?
A) In most cases, statistics and
are available for 20th Century athletes. However, if there are certain
statistics you would like to emphasize, please let us know. (NOTE- We
to make each ARTBALL® Historically correct, No Embellishments
With regards to photographs, we have access to thousands of images, but
not of every player. If we have difficulty locating an image, we may
your assistance. If there is an image which you would like to be
in this ARTBALL® project, we will be happy to use it. We invite
participation in this project. After all YOU will be enjoying this
for years to come.
Q) Are there any players or themes that you will NOT do?
A) Yes. Each ARTBALL® is
a timeless piece of art. There will be no use of profanity, negative
or gestures, X -rated scenes, etc. Additionally each ARTBALL® is
historically correct meaning that statistics for a particular player
not be embellished, one way or the other. We want each ARTBALL® to
be enjoyed by the coming generations as well as historians.
Q) Can I have the ARTBALL® autographed after it is completed?
A) While the use of a Sharpie should be no problem*, it is advised that you have the artist create a "Blank Spot" on your ARTBALL®, rather than having the subject sign a finished ARTBALL®. There are a number of reasons for this. If you are thinking about having the ball signed, please ask for further, specific instructions.
* It is a very real possibility that an
can become damaged if specific instructions are not followed. Please
us for details.
Q) If I like the artist's work, can I commission more than one ARTBALL® at a time?
A) At the present time, we accept
one commissioned ARTBALL® project, per person, per month. Under
conditions (Please inquire) this restriction can be bypassed.
Q) What about the pricing structure?
A) Each ARTBALL® is a
work. The price will be quoted to you at the time the work is
Factors for establishing market price include estimated labor in
the project, the amount of commissioned projects waiting to be
and the results of any open market transactions of a previously
ARTBALL®. As of February 1, 2010 several ARTBALL® transactions
have occurred on the open market in the price range from $1675 to $3200
Q) When I inquire about an ARTBALL® project, am I guaranteed that price ?
A) A price is locked in for an
project when the work is commissioned, not when you inquire about it.
projects have cost the interested party several hundred dollars, and
months of delays, by "thinking about it" for too long. For the first
months of 1998, the price to commission an ARTBALL® was under $300,
and most of those early customers regret not having ordered more, when
they had the chance to do so.
Q) How do we work this out payment wise?
A) At the time the ARTBALL®
a 20% down payment is required. About two weeks prior to the
being completed, you will be contacted and billed for the balance due.
Q) How many of these ARTBALL® projects have been completed?
A) Since January, 1998, when the
introduced, Monty has completed more than 450 ARTBALL® projects for
more than one hundred and twenty individuals.
Q) Are there any public exhibitions planned?
A) Yes, In fact for most of 1999,
early part of 2000, the MCI Sports Gallery in Washington D.C. featured
several different examples of Monty Sheldon's work on display. Three
per year there are displays at the Pacific Northwest National Sports
show, held at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington; several
per year there are exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area. In
Monty Sheldon's work has been spotlighted at several charitable events,
including the prestigious FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER
Q) Do you have an illustrated brochure?
A) At the present time, we offer
illustrated color brochure, which pictures several Monty Sheldon
Q) Are pictures available for any completed ARTBALL®?
A) Each ARTBALL® is
our records, shortly after completion. These photographs are arranged
standard 8 1/2 by 11 pages. Each ARTBALL® has its own page. These
are available, in the form of color copies, for $2 each.
Q) Who is Monty Sheldon, and what is his background?
A) Monty Sheldon has been a
his entire life. He has over 25 years experience as an artist. He has
a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds, and a collector of baseball
since he was a child. Two published interviews (TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE,
& VINTAGE & CLASSIC BASEBALL COLLECTOR MAGAZINE, 02-00, Issue
provide additional background. For more information, please request the
Monty Sheldon biography.
Thank you for your interest. If you have any specific questions, not addressed above, please feel free to contact Mark Macrae.