Monday, July 27, 2009

An non-parallel, non-game used, non-autographed insert that will not suck.

UPDATE: My laptop is still out of commission. It'll be a few days before I get it back and I'm resorting to posting from my parent's house.



Pity, the humble insert. In an era where autographs of obscure Single-A relievers, or a card with the crotch of some backup catcher's pant leg pass as "Big Mojo Hits," the plain-vanilla insert has become a mere afterthought. Granted, the card companies haven't been putting much effort into them lately; but every once and a while, they come up with a concept that makes even the most jaded Hobbyist stand up and take notice. For 2009 Updates & Highlights, Topps may have come up with such an insert.

'09 TU&H will feature a 30-card insert set done in the style of World War II-era propaganda posters (think "Rosie the Riveter," and "Loose Lips Sink Ships" kind of stuff). The posters are the work of Boston-area artist Chris Speakman -- a self-described "Lifelong lover of sports with a passion for history." I describe his work as completely original and kick-ass.
Speakman's been producing his propaganda posters for years now, and most of his work has a definite Red Sox flavor to it. However, he's begun to branch out into the other MLB teams as well.
Check out his website at sportspropaganda.com


9 comments:

steveisjewish said...

these look pretty cool - i almost like crappy inserts - then i can save money by not collecting them

Slette said...

I saw these listed on Topps' U&H sellsheet, and was curious what the hell they were. The answer: an insert set I'll be chasing.

beardy said...

Gotta admit, these do look pretty cool. I've always thought propaganda posters were cool, so these definitely appeal to me on multiple levels.

night owl said...

These look so much better than the other "sketch" crap that they're foisting on us.

I'm looking forward to them.

thehamiltonian said...

Those look awesome! I am hoping for a Hamilton in the set, but will probably piece it together regardless.

-Matthew- said...

this guy does great work, actually bought a print from him and was very happy this looks like a good insert set to collect

Amy said...

That looks flippin' sweet. Can't wait to see the rest of the set!

--David said...

Ditto to Amy!

Paul said...

As long as they are not ridiculously inserted, this looks like a cool set to try and collect.