1982 All-Stars & Stripes (Medium Gum Stick)
Original baseball card art
In 1982, Topps brought back dedicated, single-player All-Star cards for the first time since 1970. Players would receive a base card in the set, and an additional All-Star card of their own. This increase marked a new chapter in Topps history, as it became the very first set to include 792 cards.
Topps continued this practice throughout the 80's. However, it was difficult to beat the cyan and magenta stars and stripes from ’82. It stands out as one of the most iconic designs by Topps during this era.
More about my medium 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 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 7" x 21" 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.