Card of the Day: Bill Romanowski 1997 Score Showcase Artist Proof #260

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Card of the Day: Ryan Leaf 1998 Score Showcase Artist Proof #141

Artist Jared Kelley Returns To Work On SAGE’s Sportkings

Since the announcement that SAGE will be producing the next incarnation of Sportkings, little information has been provided about it.  So far, the two Walter Payton promo cards found in 2018 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series are what we have to go on.  Granted its only two cards, I do like what I see.  I’m a total sucker when it comes to artistic sets, and that is what Sportkings has always been.

On the reverse side of those Walter Payton promo cards, SAGE does list what we can expect:

  • Game Worn Cards
  • On-Card Autographs
  • Spectacular Patches
  • 1/1 Sketch Cards w/ Autographs
  • 1/1 Hand Painted Art Cards
  • Original 1933 Sportkings Cards

After some intense investigating, I’ve learned that artist Jared Kelley is working on some cards for the next edition of Sportkings.  Specifically the 1/1 Hand Painted Art Cards.  If that name sounds familiar, its because Mr. Kelley worked on various products when Dr. Brian Price had control of the Sportkings brand.  I’m glad to see that SAGE brought him back.  His artwork is amazing.  Every now and then one of his Hand Painted Art Cards pops up for sale.  Most remain in collector’s private stash.

When talking with Mr. Kelley, it sounds like SAGE could be looking at a summertime launch for Sportkings.  That’s not definite.  Although it would be great to see them release it during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.

Here is a little taste of the 1/1 Hand Painted Art Cards that Mr. Kelley has been working on for SAGE’s Sportkings set.  No checklist quite yet, but we know Kevin Durant, Mickey Mantle, and Ty Cobb are in the mix.

 

Art For Yinz Mailday!

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On Christmas Eve I received a package in the mail from artist Tempy Moore of Art For Yinz.  Inside was this Barry Bonds 1/1 sketch card.  I would personally like to thank her for sending this over.  It is going to remain in my personal collection forever.

Tempy Moore is one of the best modern day artists known for her extremely realistic self portraits.  She has been taking on personal commissions from athletes since 2008, and has even painted at a black-tie reception for business and political leaders at the Empire State Building in New York City.  You’ve probably seen her work included in 2012 Leaf Best Of Baseball and TCSP products.

If you would like to contact Tempy Moore about a project be sure to e-mail her at: tempy@artforyinz.com  Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.  Don’t forget to visit her store too.

Here are just some of her other pieces she has worked on:

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Preview: Museum Collection’s Canvas Collection Artist Originals Autographs

Its very difficult to impress collectors today.  Things are almost as if they’re at a standstill when it comes to innovation within the hobby.  We just see so much of the same stuff over and over again.  Every now and then we see little glimpses of something really worth talking about.

Museum Collection has been a big hit with collectors.  2014 Topps Museum Collection Football is scheduled to be released in February.  Topps plans to bring back a lot of the stuff that collectors enjoyed last year, plus they’ll be throwing in some new items.  One of those new items are the Canvas Collection Artist Originals Autographs.  James Henry Smith is the artist who made these little beauties.  There are ten cards in this set, each numbered 1/1, and will be signed by the athlete.  Leaf has made some athlete signed sketch cards in the past, but nothing quite as good looking as these.  This is our first look at them, and as you can tell they haven’t been signed yet.  If you’re not lucky in pulling one of the cards pictured below, Museum Collection does have it’s share of other original art pieces.

The autograph area seems a bit boxy, but I can only think it was made like that so the artist knew where to stop.

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Card of the Day: Curtis Granderson 2010 Topps National Chicle – Monty Sheldon Artist Auto

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Harper & Darvish Promos Available At Brian Kong’s Booth During The ’12 NSCC

The National Sports Collectors Convention offers up a wide variety of artwork for you to browse through.  Artists such as Brian Kong are usually setup.  Its always a good idea to stop by their booths, not only to check out their work, but many times they have some promo cards to giveaway while supplies last.

Brian Kong will have Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish specially made cards available at his booth.  They are each limited to 250 copies each.

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