Topeka men discover sports artist's work in storage unit

January 01, 2018 - 8:22 am

Two men in Topeka have found several signed works by prominent sports artist Ted Watts among the contents they purchased of a storage unit.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports that Joseph Joslin Sr. and Mike Schoep said they came across some of Watts' works after responding in October to an ad by a woman offering to sell everything in her unit at a self-storage business. The men found the unit had a box containing black-and-white drawings by Watts that include a depiction of the 1956 World Series in Major League Baseball.

Watts gained a nationwide reputation through decades of creating handcrafted sports artworks at his studio in southeast Kansas.

Joslin said he's negotiating to sell the artwork to a relative of Watts who hopes to help preserve his legacy.

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