NASCAR Limited Edition "50 Greatest Drivers" Hand Signed Lithograph
NASCAR celebrated its 50th anniversary by recognizing the sport's "50 Greatest Drivers" at a gala fete at the Daytona 500. Not many people ever figured that NASCAR would be a force in the American sports scene as it has become. NASCAR did succeed, and not only did they succeed but they thrived. An independent panel selected this group of 50 top drivers of all time. Once the honorees were identified, this limited edition lithograph, of which only 250 exist, was produced by Press Pass. During pre-race festivities at the '98 Daytona 500, the 34 then-living drivers signed the lithograph. This piece has 34 clean and incredible signatures, clear and scripted in black ink below the head-shot of the respective driver. The 25 x 39 print is embossed with either "SPONSOR", "DRIVER", "OWNER", or "NASCAR" in the lower right corner. Located in the center of the piece is a 50th Anniversary Shield subscripted by "50 Greatest Drivers." This is a classic tribute to the sport and the drivers. In 1998, as part of a tribute to the 50 greatest drivers, the signed lithographs were sold for $25,000 each to raise $1 million for charity. The contributions were made in the names of every one of the 50 drivers to the following charities; Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Give Kids the World, Leukemia Society & Speedway Children's Charities. In addition to the donations to those charities, another lithograph signed by the 34 living drivers at the time was auctioned off at a starting price of $25,000. The proceeds went to the Foundation Fighting Blindness in memory of the president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's Sports Marketing Enterprises, T. Wayne Robertson, who lost his life in January of 1998. The signatures on this limited edition lithograph include; Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, A.J. Foyt, Rusty Wallace, Glen Wood, Bobby Allison, Jerry Cook, Jeff Gordon, Ricky Rudd, Lee Petty, Jack Ingram, Buck Baker, Geof Bodine, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson, Herb Thomas, Terry Labonte, Fred Lorenzen, Darrell Waltrip, Mark Martin, Red Farmer, Hershel McGriff, Rex White, Tim Flock, Cotton Owens, Glen Wood, Marvin Panch, Cale Yarborough, Harry Gant, Benny Parsons and David Pearson.