Overproduction (Jose Canseco All-Star Rookie)
Original baseball card art
Topps named their first All-Star Rookie team in 1959, and introduced a trophy for those players on the 1960 set. The trophy was a tall graphic and became a standard until 1973, when they replaced it with this smaller Revere Cup. However, Topps stopped printing it on card sets after 1978.
Fast forward to 1987... it was the middle of the card boom and Topps was facing increasing competition from Donruss, Fleer and new upstart Sportflics. So, they turned back the clock 25 years with a wood grain design reminiscent of 1962. The result was an iconic set referred to as “Woody.” It became synonymous with the junk wax era. Jose Canseco was the hottest player on the planet, and Topps took full advantage of him to re-market their Revere Cup.
It was the first Canseco card they released in wax packs, although his true rookie card was issued in the 1986 Traded set. Due to massive over production, it's estimated that at least 1 million of these Canseco cards were printed, with some industry experts guessing upwards of 4 million.
Made with '87 Topps, tiled underneath a layer of spray-painted plexiglass.
More about my 34" diamond baseball card artworks
- My paintings are done on plywood as homage to the game's wooden bats, and shaped like diamonds... a reference to the infield.
- Each diamond is made from a 24" plywood square (1/2" thick), which measures 34" x 34" when hung on a wall.
- Some of my artworks also incorporate the use of spray-painted plexiglass.
- 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.