1989 Topps Traded #41T: Ken Griffey Jr. (Giant Gum Stick)
Original baseball card art
The script font on the '89 Topps set made for one of the more iconic designs from the decade, and Junior's card was perhaps the most iconic from the set. Griffey was all the rage that summer. Upper Deck debuted their brand with the Kid as card #1... Donruss made him a Rated Rookie... and Fleer also included him in their base set. Topps finally got in the mix by adding him in the annual traded set. Made with acrylic paint on plywood.
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.