Renowned sports artist Jamie Cooper recently completed his latest piece of MLB artwork. This masterpiece was done for a private collector in California. After working on it for three years in Australia, its finally arrived in its new home. Complete with a museum grade frame of water gild gold leaf. This All Stars painting now rests peacefully in what looks like a very high-end collection located on a sprawling seven-acre estate on the side of a mountain. The collector’s name was left unsaid for privacy. I think we can all agree this collector has some cool stuff we can only dream about owning. Jamie Cooper documented his entire trip to the U.S. on Facebook. There you can see where this painting now resides. In addition to the painting, its fun to look around the room to see what else is there. I spot a lot of bats, and what looks like some 1992 Donruss Diamond Kings – Supers. Jamie Cooper is pictured on the right, with the owner to the left.
One glance at this painting and you’ll see a who’s who of ballplayers coming from multiple generations. Much like the Phillies and Yankees Dream Scenes he has done. My eyes go straight to Mike Schmidt. That powder blue uniform and red hat really stand out. I think I can even see Jamie Cooper and the painting’s owner back there behind the dugout next to Nolan Ryan. I wonder what all these guys are talking about while sitting around 1933 Comiskey Park?
Card companies here in America need to recognize Jamie Cooper’s talent. His work would look great on some MLB sets. He’s already done caricatures for an AFL product.
Upper Deck just keeps churning out their plans for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention. Below you’ll find a complete gallery of the 5-card set VIPs will receive. A lot more National news to come!
Topps Finest has been a hobby favorite since it was first released back in 1993. It introduced us to the refractor for crying out loud. I’ve been a big fan of this brand even when Topps use to put those peel off covers on the cards. This year Topps Finest is as impressive as ever. But I think what really has collectors talking is the product’s distribution method.
At first, 2016 Topps Finest was going to be distributed in the traditional method. Weeks before the release, Topps decided to make Finest an online exclusive. You can get it at Topps MVP direct stores too. This marks the first time that any major card manufacturer has taken one of their top brands and decided to sell it online directly to the collector. This totally skips over the distributors and card shops. Its just like what Dell did with computers. Here is where you can buy a box or case.
Even though some distributors and card shops were upset after Topps changed their mind on how Finest would be distributed, I think its for the best. Being able to purchase directly from the manufacturer provides a level of trust you might not be able to get anywhere else. Some collectors don’t like to purchase products from online card shops, and everyone doesn’t have a local dealer they can visit. It makes perfect sense for Topps to do this. The level of trust is high and you can reach more collectors. For the record though, online dealers I personally trust are Atlanta Sports Cards, Blowout Cards, and Dave & Adam’s Card World. I’ve never had a problem with any of them.
This year’s version of Finest is right on par to what you’d expect. High-tech, fancy colors, chrome stock featuring on-card autographs. Everything looks really well done. Nothing got watered down just because the distribution method changed. Its the real deal. My favorite cards are the Finest Greats Autographs.
I hope we see more classic Topps brands brought to us this way. Just go straight to the collector.
Here is what I pulled:
- Kole Calhoun Green Refractor Auto #’ed/99
- Brandon Phillips Green Refractor #’ed/99
- Mark Melancon Purple Refractor #’ed/250
- Kenta Maeda RC Refractor
- Brandon Crawford Refractor
- Randy Johnson Finest Intimidators
- Wil Myers Franchise Finest
- Nolan Arenado Franchise Finest
- Hector Olivera #91
- Jorge Lopez #98
- Jose Peraza #16
- Luis Severino #42
- Greg Bird #17