John Elberfeld, the great nephew of Kid Elberfeld, has created an impressive website that documents his ancestor’s life. The depth and breadth of the research contained in the site is impressive. I am thrilled and honored that Mr. Elberfeld would see fit to include my work in his tribute to his great uncle, The Tabasco Kid, who as his nickname suggests was one of the feistiest and most flavorful players of the early 20th century.
Mr. Elberfeld has spotlighted the Ars Longa card of Kid Elberfeld from the Pilgrims series.
You can find it here.
One of the great thrills I experience through my work is when I cross paths with descendants of the players I make cards for. Sharing a moment or two with these folks over email, or simply crossing paths through an eBay auction, is an experience that breaks through the boundaries of space and time that define the images I work with and adds a dimension of life and color and a bit more meaning to what I do. I am always honored by the opportunity to be connected, even in such a small way, to the lives and legacies of these players as they exist today in their proud descendants.