Before & After:
W.S. Kimball Champions
The design for the set was inspired by the Champions of Games and Sports (N184) tobacco cards, issued by W. S. Kimball & Co. in 1887. While the Kimball set features 50 different figures from the world of games and sports (including a champion cannonball catcher), four of the subjects are baseball players: a catcher, pitcher, fielder, and batter. The Kimball cards were issued in packs of High Grade tobacco products and measure 1.5 x 2.75 inches.
Ars Longa: Spearheads
spear·head: a leading element, force, or influence in an undertaking or activity
This is a set of 4 cards featuring men whose contributions to baseball extend far beyond their achievements as players.
My intention with this set is to combine the nostalgic baseball-in-the-1880s illustrations of the 4 baseball-themed Kimball cards with more luminary subjects, making both the design and the subjects more accessible to collectors. By integrating legendary subjects with an authentic vintage design and manually distressing each piece to create one-of-a-kind art cards, my goal is to create an intriguing and attractive set of cards that is not only fun to collect, but inspires further exploration into the lives and stories of these trail blazers.
Size, Weight & Design:
Dimensions: 1.75″ x 3″
Thickness: 24 pts
Designed: March, 2013
Complete Set: 4 Cards
Inspiration: 1887 W.S. Kimball Champions (N184)