Being able to view the recreation of these masterpieces in person, at 22 x 30 and in watercolor, is what makes this traveling exhibition and sale so unique.
Trading cards are now considered by many to be miniature masterpieces in their own right, and we are proud to be able to highlight the sports-art side of collecting on a fine art level.
“The 1989 Ken Griffey Jr Upper Deck rookie card undoubtedly defines my generation as it was the first card by Upper Deck to hit the hobby. I was 12 years old, my high school was hosting a local card show, and I remember vividly seeing the packs and cards for the first time. I was struck by how different these amazing elite-style cards were; holograms and larger price tags setting them apart and energizing the hobby.
“I loved painting this card, for one because Tom Brady is my age, so I am always thinking of how amazing his career has been and how much I admire that work ethic and talent. Painting this card was both fun and challenging because of the ticket within the card. The idea once again of painting these cards in watercolor brings out some unique challenges that you don’t encounter with other mediums.
My favorite part of the painting is the background behind Tom and the bending of the image. This card just pops right off the paper and has become one of the most iconic football cards of all time.”
Like many of the T206 cards, the yellow background just pops with the green grass bringing you right to that field.”