The Sports Card Painting Craze

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There’s a new craze for sports trading cards and it goes back to the original Honus Wagner: Hand coloring. Grownup Coloring Books are mining the vast pool of images and star athletes, giving adults the same pleasure as kids with a box of crayons. But, even professional painters are joining in with oil and canvas. Painting sports cards is not only interesting and fun, it can make everybody an artist…
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Honus Wagner

It all started with the Honus Wagner baseball trading card, which is the most valuable in the collectible world. The original was a painted photo reprinted and slapped onto a few thousand packs of cigarettes.
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Babe Ruth

One of the most famous images in the world is a natural for the adult coloring book sports trading card craze. Just like the Babe himself…
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Tony Gwynn

Action shots and more dynamic imagery makes hand coloring more difficult. Stay between the lines!
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Orel Hershiser

Professional artist Jonas Wood takes the craft to a new level with oil and canvas copies of some sought after cards. It makes it harder to “throw down” in a game of sports card trade-off though…
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Static backgrounds can be made dazzling with a bit of talent. Looks better than the original…
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Bo Jackson

Rookie cards are naturally more sought after for trading and collecting. Same goes for hand coloring…
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Oil Can Boyd

Just like in sports card trading, some players are more famous (and more collectible) for their antics rather than their career records. “Oil Can” is colorful on both counts…
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Dwayne Schintzius

Even less famous players are better after a fresh coat of paint. It all comes down to taste…
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Mike Schmidt

Tools like rear projection screening and scaled up tracing makes grown up coloring even more interesting. The next collectible?
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Larry Bird

Taking artistic license is another advantage to hand painting. Still, Bird did have some weird hair…
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Joe DiMaggio

Stars from every decade are fair game, but DiMaggio is a Class Act in any era…
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Michael Jordan

He dominated basketball and all sports his whole career. Why shouldn’t Michael Jordan have the same impact on the sports trading card hand coloring craze? Just do it…
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