1/1 - Asterisk ('94 Upper Deck Barry Bonds)
Handmade labels on recycled vinyl
I find 1994 Upper Deck to be a great example of the final chapter for the Junk Wax Era. My asterisk provides double meaning. Not only does it foreshadow Barry's steroid usage in the upcoming years, but also puts a mark on the strike-shortened season, which ended in August without a World Series.
In the years following the strike, several of the newer card brands went out of business, while MLB itself was struggling with a disengaged fanbase. In came steroids and long balls to save the day.
The A-side of the album is decorated with a repeat pattern of Barry's silver autograph, included on the actual card ('94 Upper Deck #311 MVP). Made with holographic material as a nod to Upper Deck's premium printing.
While my musical inspiration is Eric B. & Rakim's Juice, I've used a modern orange-marbled Beach Boys album to compliment the Giants team colors..
Sip the juice
I got enough to go around,
And the thought takes place uptown
I grew up on the sidewalk where I learned street talk,
And then taught to hawk New York
About Junk Wax Records
In 1980, Fleer won a 5-year long monopolization lawsuit vs Topps, opening up the baseball card market for competition. Throughout the decade, production increased and boxes of wax packs filled the shelves of new hobby shops across America.
Before a record album is pressed onto vinyl, it first gets mastered, or cut, on wax. Junk Wax Records is a mashup of iconic cards from this era and recycled 12-inch LPs. My Junk Wax logo is inspired by the Fleer crown, as their court battle flipped this industry upside down.
Collect my limited album label print releases, before they get taken off the table forever!
Here's what you'll receive with this order
- Original album artwork on a recycled 12 inch LP.
- Each record features custom baseball card art labels on both the A-side and B-side.
- Your vinyl will ship inside a clear 12" record sleeve, with additional sticker label packaging in vintage album style.
- The packaging and/or album will be signed by yours truly, Matthew Lee Rosen.