Johnny Bench Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture by Bob Scriver
Only the best of the best could be deemed worthy of such a fine masterpiece. Only baseball’s most prolific hitting catcher, the greatest catcher of all time, whose superior skills as backstop for the Big Red Machine of the 1970’s propelled the Cincinnati Reds to become the most dominant team of the decade. Only Johnny Bench. When the Cincinnati Reds commissioned Bob Scriver to create this sculpture entitled, The Catcher, they knew they had chosen the perfect man for the job. A renowned taxidermist and sculptor, who has won several gold medals in the Cowboy Artists of America shows, Bob Scriver has mastered the illusion of movement in his pieces. Some of his pieces now sell for over $20,000 in the secondary market. Standing approx. 12” tall, Bench’s sculpture is an active representation as he holds his facemask in his right hand behind him, knees bent, and mitt out in front of him chasing a fly ball. Incredible craftsmanship is evident in every detail, down to the engraved “Bench 5” on the back of his shirt. He stands on a walnut wood base with a gold plate on the front, engraved with “The Catcher Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds Bob Scriver, Sculptor”. Under the statue’s feet is a circular bronze stand (about .75” thick) with engraved, “The Catcher” on the front and “copyright Bob Scriver 1980 [limited edition #] 56/100” towards the back. A significant work of art, which has thrust Bob Scriver’s career into a whole new realm. Issue price for The Catcher back in 1980 was $1,000. LOA.