Sheldon’s 2015 Topps MLS Mini Art Gallery

Monty Sheldon is an artistic machine!  As it turns out, he also worked on a 15-card mini “Basics of Soccer” set for 2015 Topps MLS.  Printed versions can be found throughout the product, but they also included the 1/1 mini hand-painted cards as well.  Congrats to anyone that pulls one of these from a pack.

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Monty Sheldon Showcases His 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Art

Monty Sheldon is at it again!  Check out some of the artwork he worked on for the 2015 edition of Topps Gypsy Queen.  This year he made (25) art/patch cards each numbered one-of-one.  These are some of the top tier cards to look for when breaking open your boxes.  Any one of these cards could easily be the centerpiece of your collection.

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In addition to the art/patch cards, Monty Sheldon also worked on a (15) mini card set called “Basics of Base Ball”.  Each card in the set details a fundamental aspect of the game.  The printed versions should come 1:24 packs (one a box).  The original painted one-of-one “Basics of Base Ball” mini cards will also be inserted into packs of 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen.  Those can be seen below, and will be much harder to pull.

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The 35th National: Day #3

Today was my last day for attending the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention.  The weekends can get quite crowded that’s why I usually stay for the first three days.  I had it set in my mind to get an autograph, open some more Topps and Upper Deck products, and get more promos today.  And I did just that.

I still have a sealed box of 2014 Topps Minis Baseball to break open.  Over the next several weeks I’ll be showing off what I pulled from the various packs and boxes that I purchased.

Here are the highlights from Day #3.

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While checking out the autograph lineup for the day, I ran into sports artist Monty Sheldon.  He’s known for his really cool painted artballs and sketch cards.  Monty Sheldon is also responsible for many of those 1/1 art/patch cards you find in Gypsy Queen.  It was really great to finally meet him in person.

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Jim Thome (far left) is one of 8 MLB players in history to hit over 600 career home runs.  I wanted to get his autograph on my bat ever since I saw he was coming.  TRISTAR was moving people through the line very fast.  He was already onto the next item when I tried to get a picture.

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Kenny Lofton

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Warren Sapp

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Wade Boggs

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At lunch time I opened one of my boxes of 2014 Allen & Ginter.  I still have to look through a lot before I show off the entire box break, but I did pull my first Rip Card.  Its of Freddie Freeman #’ed/75.  I haven’t ripped it… yet.

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Upper Deck was doing their wrapper redemption program again this morning at 10:25 a.m.  Today’s promos were of Michael Jordan, Roberto Osuna, Frank Thomas, Teddy Bridgewater, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and my Amazon.com card was of Reggie Jackson.

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To get my promo pack from Upper Deck today, I decided to open another pack of 2014 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Edition Golf.  Inside was a Michelle Wie Tour Gear Dual Shirt #’ed/35.  I also pulled a Victor Dubuisson First Tee Rookies Auto #’ed/199 redemption.

Card of the Day: Wade Boggs 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Monty Sheldon Art/Patch

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Card of the Day: Mike Trout 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Monty Sheldon Art/Patch

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Monty Sheldon’s 2014 Gypsy Queen Art Patch Card Gallery

If I were a dedicated set collector, I would focus on either Topps Heritage or Gypsy Queen.  Most likely I’d probably settle on Gypsy Queen though.  It has always been a fine looking product.  The high-end “hits” are some of the nicest in the hobby.  Especially when it comes to the hand-drawn 1/1 art patch cards.  These are top notch museum quality pieces any collector would like to add to their collection.

Sports artist Monty Sheldon has been one of the key elements behind these cards, and he’s returned for 2014 Gypsy Queen.  With the release of 2014 Gypsy Queen yesterday, its only a matter of time before a few lucky collectors start pulling these.

Alright, that’s enough talk.  Take a look at the goods!

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

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What’s This? Strasburg’s Chicle Rookie?

Art can do a lot of things.  It can inspire.  It can make you feel happy.  It can make you feel sad.  For some people it can tell them the meaning of life.  Art really doesn’t have any limits.  Anything goes.

Artistic sets aren’t anything new when it comes to sports cards.  Manufacturers have been going that route for certain products for a long time.  Topps had an interesting encounter with collectors when they issued Chicle Baseball in 2010.  Twelve artists were commissioned by Topps to create this 329 card set.  Chicle Baseball isn’t your typical artistically driven product.  Some of the cards feature players in uniforms that they never played in.  Probably the most notable example if this would be the Babe Ruth #276 SP.  Collectors were up in arms about Ruth being painted wearing a Braves uniform.  Babe Ruth did play for the Braves, just not the ones from Atlanta.  You would’ve thought Topps had set a basket of puppies on fire given the reaction collectors had to this angle of card design.  Apparently art can make people a little angry too.  Needless to say, Topps hasn’t issued another Chicle set since.  I’m going to buck the traffic and come out and say that I enjoy the set.  It got people talking.  That’s something that very few products do today.

One of the twelve artists that worked on this set was Monty Sheldon.  He’s responsible for painting guys like Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Joe Morgan, and Stephen Strasburg.  Wait a second!  Stephen Strasburg isn’t in this set… or is he?

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 Shortly after Topps released 2010 Chicle Baseball, Monty Sheldon was commissioned to do a painting for an individual.  This painting was to be of Stephen Strasburg and designed to look like one of the paintings Topps would use for their Chicle set.  Upon its completion, Monty Sheldon made some 2010 Chicle mock-up cards based on his work which now reside with the painting’s owner.  This card was almost officially released by Topps in the later part of 2010.  Monty Sheldon told Topps about the painting hoping they would want to make it into a card to insert within another product, but they decided to pass.  Between Chicle not taking off, and Strasburg hurt by that time of the year, it just didn’t make it in.  Even though it wasn’t officially made by Topps, I’m sure there are a couple of die-hard Strasburg fans that would like to get their hands on one of these.  This card #330 isn’t easy to find.

Sheldon Showcases His Art/Patch Cards For 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

In less than a month, the 2013 baseball season will be here.  Teams are already in the middle of spring training hoping that this is the year they make it to the World Series.  One of the first products due to be released early in the season is 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen.  Gypsy Queen is returning for a third year as it seems to be popular with many set collectors.  Among all the variations, parallels, autographs, and gimmicks that drive collectors nuts, is what I consider to be some of the nicest looking modern day cards produced – the art/patch relics each numbered to 1.

Sports artist Monty Sheldon is one of the faces behind these 2.5″x3.5″ 1/1 masterpieces which each contain a multicolored swatch.  Sheldon made 25 of these for Gypsy Queen this year, and if the past is any indication, they will most likely command major dollars on the secondary market.  Just look at what his David Wright art/patch card from 2011 recently sold for.

With the release of Gypsy Queen right around the corner, Monty sent over some scans of the cards that he did for this year’s set.  These are by far some of the most difficult cards to pull.

To keep up with all of Monty Sheldon’s artwork be sure to check out his Facebook page.

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Mauer, Longoria, & Stargell Highlight Monty Sheldon’s ’12 Gypsy Queen Art Patches

One of the best things that came out of Gypsy Queen last year were the hand-drawn colorful patch relics created by sports artist Monty Sheldon.  Collectors can look for more of his artwork in the 2012 version of Gypsy Queen.  Here are a few closeups of what you can look forward to pulling.

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