Cool Papa Bell

Kadir Nelson
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  • Limited Edition. Edition size 1000 pieces (standard limited edition) and 100 pieces (artist proof)
  • Offset Lithograph
  • Ships signed and numbered and with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
  • A tribute to James "Cool Papa" Bell
  • From Kadir Nelson's Negro Baseball League collection.

"They used to say, 'If we find a good black player, we'll sign him.' They was lying." - James "Cool Papa" Bell

James "Cool Papa" Bell, a legendary figure in Negro League baseball history, was known for his electrifying speed and remarkable skills on the field. His ability to round the bases in mere seconds earned him a reputation as one of the fastest players to have ever graced the diamond.

As fellow Negro League player Buck O'Neil exclaimed, "Cool Papa was so fast, he could turn off the lights and be in bed before the room got dark." Bell's agility and agility were equally matched by his hitting prowess, with Satchel Paige remarking, "He could hit a ball, then run and get under it himself." Bell's impact on the game extended beyond his athletic talents; his presence inspired countless aspiring players and left an indelible mark on the history of baseball.

Bell hailed from Starkville, Mississippi. Born on May 17, 1903, Bell grew up during a time of racial segregation and social challenges. Despite the adversity, he exhibited a natural affinity for baseball from a young age and honed his skills playing on makeshift fields and local teams. Bell's exceptional speed, often attributed to his rural upbringing, caught the attention of scouts and fellow players alike.

His journey eventually led him to the Negro Leagues, where he joined the St. Louis Stars and other teams.

This limited edition lithograph is printed on 120lb. Acid-Free Stock and measures 18x36 inches (image size) and 21x38.75 (paper size). Ships signed and numbered and with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.

Limited Edition: 1000pcs (Edition Size) - $150.00 (Price)

Artist Proof: 100pcs (Edition Size) - $325.00 (Price)

Cert. Of Authenticity Ships with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
Collection Negro League Baseball Collection
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size See Product Description
Framed Unframed
Height 18 inches
Length 36 inches
Medium Paper
Signed Ships signed and numbered by the artist
SKU kane125
Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson began drawing at the age of three, displaying artistic acumen before he could write or spell. “I have always been an artist,” Nelson explains. “It’s part of my DNA.” At age eleven, Kadir Nelson was apprenticed by his uncle Michael Morris, an artist and art instructor. “My uncle gave me my foundation in art,” says the artist. Kadir Nelson experimented with several different media and later began painting in oils at the age of sixteen under the encouragement and tutelage of both his uncle and high school art teacher. He began entering his paintings in art competitions and ultimately won an art scholarship to study at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Upon graduating with honors, Kadir Nelson began his professional career as an artist, publishing his work and receiving commissions from publishers and production studios such as Dreamworks, Sports Illustrated, Coca-Cola, The New York Times and Major League Baseball, among others.

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Bob B.
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This belongs to be front and center in the ***** Leagues Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame instead of my house, but I am thrilled to have it. Beautiful.

Andre S.

"Soooo smooth its not even close"

Just a fan of Black Baseball.


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Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to be of service. We look forward to doing business with you for years to come.

Vickie D.

Love it.

A gift for my husband a huge baseball fan - he loves it.


The Black Art Depot

Thank You so much! We from the Black Art Depot appreciate the amazing words of encouragement. We hope we met your expectations about the product!

Yana N.

Love this picture

The one on the website is great with sharp, deep colors. What I received is rather faded, grainy in appearance. I still love the pic on the website and realize I have a copy of something.