There are a handful that I enjoy and have purchased, but a high percentage of the cards produce a feeling of "meh" in me. Today's post covers the last one I will be sharing unless I eventually pick up cheap copies of Blake Jamieson's Mark McGwire and Ichiro cards.
Sophia Chang is my second favorite Project 2020 artist, so I knew there was a good chance I'd be purchasing her interpretation of Tony Gwynn's rookie card:
2020 Topps Project 2020 #225
Although Ermsy is my overall favorite Project 2020 artist, I actually like Chang's version a lot more. Like Ermsy her style gives off a "street art" vibe, but she managed to keep Gwynn's head intact. I'm also a huge fan of her use of different fonts and the interesting "Easter Eggs" she includes on her cards.
Some of the facts are obvious like the inclusion of .394, 1983, and "outfield". But I had absolutely no idea how "Jack Rabbits" and Tony Gwynn fit together. Thanks to Google... I discovered they're the Long Beach Polytechnic High School mascot... where he lettered in baseball and basketball. Speaking of basketball, she includes Gwynn's SDSU single game record of 18 "dimes" against UNLV back in 1980.
2001 SP Game Bat Edition Piece of the Game #TGw
I'm surprised that I didn't know that Gwynn called his prized ash bat... "Seven Grains of Pain"... but I do now thanks to Ms. Chang. And her inclusion of "Chemistry Guy" is part of a quote by Mr. Padre himself... "I'm a chemistry guy. I believe you've got to play together to have a chance to win.". Although I wasn't familiar with that quote, I always knew he was a team player and loyal to the Padres.
"Play Hard, Have Fun" is part of another direct quote from Gwynn... which makes sense since Gwynn always seemed like he was having fun on the diamond. And if you're a fan of Gwynn, I'm sure you're familiar with how much effort he put into the game he loved.
1990 Classic #87
Well that's it for today. I wanted to leave you with this tidbit of Tony Gwynn trivia. Exactly thirty-one years ago, he went 3 for 4 at the plate against the San Francisco Giants pitchers to sneak past Will Clark for his 4th National League batting title. Good times.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!