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Tiled Barry Bonds 1989 Donruss baseball cards by artist Matthew Lee Rosen

Turning Junk Wax into Diamonds (My Blog)

Mastering the Art of Gum Stick Baseball Card Portraits

Mastering the Art of Gum Stick Baseball Card Portraits

Admiring my results, I realized that unlike the first two portraits, which had sharp lines and contrast... Reggie's looked more like an imperfect ink transfer. It was by far a better piece of artwork than my first two portraits.

How a Simple Stick of Gum Became so Meaningful

How a Simple Stick of Gum Became so Meaningful

The smell of card stock and chewing gum triggers fond memories for anyone who opened wax packs as a kid in the 80's. I ate many hard sticks of gum that summer, even the ones stuck to the back of the card.

Matthew Rosen has been customizing baseball bats for years

Matthew Rosen has been customizing baseball bats for years

When Zak Fellman from Pillbox Bat Co. in Minnesota connected with me to design some custom baseball bats, I could hardly contain my excitement! 

5 Useful Baseball Trivia Quiz Tips from 1985 Topps

5 Useful Baseball Trivia Quiz Tips from 1985 Topps

As I started creating baseball card art, I naturally gravitated back to 1985. I had this trivia quiz concept in my mind for quite a while. When I was finally ready to turn it into a reality, I had to start digging through cards to find the best question to use.

1985-87 Donruss: The Designs that Transformed a Brand

1985-87 Donruss: The Designs that Transformed a Brand

Something different started to happen with the 1985 set... I suspect Donruss changed creative directors or brought in a new design team in '84, when the '85 set was built. The results were fantastic! The new design was bold: a black border with accent red striping.