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Preview Gallery: 2010 Topps National Chicle baseball cards by Chris Olds

The 2010 Topps National Chicle baseball card set is still a ways away from its release in April, but we’ve gotten a glimpse at more artwork from the dozen artists who helped produce the set.

Here’s the first of three galleries — one piece per artist. It’s a roster that includes Monty Sheldon, Paul Lempa, Mike Kupka, Dave Hobrecht, Jason Davies, Ken Branch, Brett Farr, Chris Felix, Don Higgins, Chris Henderson, Brian Kong and Jeff Zachowski.

Look for another here soon and a final one in a future issue of Beckett Baseball closer to the set’s arrival.

Until then, check them out…

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Topps releases more National Chicle baseball images by Chris Olds

Topps released three more images of paintings that will be used in its 2010 National Chicle baseball card set that will arrive in April.

From left, they are Lou Gehrig (in a current New York Yankees uniform), Albert Pujols in a St. Louis Browns uniform and Ken Griffey Jr.

Read more about the product here and at additional links in that story.

2010 Topps National Chicle Baseball: The artists react by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor

While we’ve talked about the reactions to some of the surprise inclusions in the 2010 Topps National Chicle Baseball set in the wake of their preview’s release on Friday, one group of people we hadn’t yet heard from are the artists.

You know, those who are bringing those National Chicle cards to life.

Whether you love or hate their work, they probably have a different perspective than the typical collector — they also are the ones working on deadline and the ones who bear some of the brunt of reactions to their assignments from Topps.

They also can have distinctly different styles of work, ranging from paintings that carry almost a sketch quality to paintings that carry more of a folk-style aesthetic — some of which may not spark the same types of reactions from different collectors.

The artists also the ones whose names are attached to the work at the end of the day. It’s a challenge but an opportunity just to be a part of something they just might carry a life-long interest in — a set of baseball cards.

Paul Lempa, who was profiled in Beckett Baseball No. 42 last year for his work on Topps’ Sketch Cards, is one of the artists on board for Chicle.

And it’s his Babe Ruth card that’s drawing the ire of some collectors.

“Exciting stuff,” said Lempa to the reaction in an email to Beckett Media. “I am flattered that my artwork could cause such an uproar. I would rather my paintings be discussed and deliberated, than skipped over, that’s for sure.”

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First look: 2010 Press Pass Eclipse … The Art of Speed by Chris Olds

Press Pass unveiled basic information and preview images for what it is touting as “the first artistic NASCAR trading card set” — its 2010 version of Eclipse — which will arrive in hobby shops in February.

Sales materials for the product are printed on flat matte paper — a likely aesthetic choice for the set, which will consist of 90 cards that “elegantly match various artistic techniques with the excitement of NASCAR.”

Each hobby box will include one autograph and three memorabilia cards, while the product also promises a code-cracking program to win prizes from the Press Pass Vault as well as the next selection of NASCAR Hall of Fame cards.

See more images after the jump.

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Preview Gallery: Dave Hobrecht’s paintings for 2009 Topps National Chicle Football by Chris Olds

chicle3Noted sports artist Dave Hobrecht is one of several creators whose works will be showcased in the forthcoming 2009 Topps National Chicle football card set. (A little more info can be found by clicking here.)

Want to see more from the set well before it’s January release? Hobrecht figured Beckett Media’s readers did, so he sent us images of all of his paintings in the set.

See them all after the jump …

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2009 Topps National Chicle Product Details Announced by Tracy Hackler


After a month filled with previews of some the product’s compelling original-art images, Topps officials on Wednesday morning finally released some product-specific details on 2009 Topps National Chicle Football, the old-fashioned-feeling tribute to its 1935 predecessor.

Scheduled to release the week of Jan. 11, the product promises two autographs, one Relic and one Cabinet card in each 24-pack hobby box in addition to one parallel card per pack and 12 additional inserts per box.

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Topps’ propaganda-style cards to be sold as prints by Chris Olds


Topps hasn’t yet unleashed its 30-card propaganda-style insert sets upon the collecting masses — they don’t arrive until Topps Updates and Highlights does next week — but that hasn’t stopped them from their latest venture.

The pieces created by sports artist Chris Speakman of will be available as limited-edition 17×21 prints at the toppsonlinestore. Each is limited to just 200 copies.

The prints, 21 of which are available right now, are $60 apiece.

See them all after the jump.

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