1977 Topps Reggie Jackson (Giant Gum Stick)
Original baseball card art
Just a week prior to the 1976 season, the A's traded Reggie Jackson to the Orioles. He played a full, forgettable season in Baltimore and became a free agent... signing with the Yankees in November. As Topps was producing their 1977 set, they used photos from the previous season. Reggie's image needed to be airbrushed (in the days before Photoshop and Traded sets) to picture him in his new uniform. Airbrushing was a common practice for Topps during that time.... and thus, we have Mr. October's first card as a New York Yankee.
More about my giant sticks of Topps Chewing Gum
The last card inside a junk era wax pack would often get stuck to, or stained by, the piece of gum inside. My childhood memories of chewing hard sticks of bubble gum became the inspiration for making these large scale gum sticks. My gum sticks are typically tilted by 9 degrees, as a nod to the starting 9 on the diamond.
- My gum stick paintings are done on plywood as homage to the game's wooden bats. I hand bevel the wood with a router to create the proper shape, which also captures highlights on the edges and supplies nice drop shadows on the wall.
- The sticks are painted with my own multi-layer technique, making them look realistic.
- Each gum stick measures 12" x 36" and is designed to hang on a rotated angle of 9 degrees. This represents how the gum is typically positioned imperfectly inside the package.
- Each painting ships ready to hang, with hardware already installed.
- A printed and signed description of the artwork will be attached to the back prior to shipping.
- All pieces are original artwork by yours truly, Matthew Lee Rosen.