Topps Project 2020 seemed to be hit or miss with collectors... more specifically... bloggers. People either bought them or didn't. Although I didn't get swept up by the hype, I definitely purchased a few for my Tony Gwynn and Rickey Henderson collections from my favorite Project 2020 artists.
Then a few months ago, one of my former students shared her rendition of The Great Wave off Kanagawa. I asked her if she would be interested in doing a commissioned piece for me. I gave her a synopsis of the Topps Project 2020 and she loved the idea and accepted the job. She mentioned that her schedule was pretty busy. I told her I wasn't in any rush.
Last week, she messaged me that she finished the piece and within two days it was in my collection:
Outside of asking her to use a 4x6 index card... I left the rest up to her and was truly blown away by her rendition of Tony Gwynn's Topps rookie card. I really enjoyed her use of natural colors and the little 'stache she put on Mr. Padre. I'm also glad she included the roses, because flowers seem to be a popular theme in her works of art.
We've already discussed her doing another piece for me... which will be the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie card. However... her schedule is a little crazy right now. You're more likely to see it on this blog sometime in 2022.
Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of Topps Project 2020, I hope you enjoyed this post. We all have cards that stand out more than others in our collections. This one is definitely one of my favorites. Not just because it a one of a kind piece of artwork... or the fact that it features my all-time favorite baseball player. It's because it was created by a former student who has gone out of her way to keep in touch.
Thank you Sarah!
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!