Tim Carroll is not your regular artist. Rather than relying on an easel, palette, paintbrush and canvas his favorite medium is baseball cards. He’s also been known to use such items as rubber stamps, fake $100 bills, and black socks. His artwork usually portrays sports figures but he’s also done pieces on Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln.
Two of the cards he produced artwork of are cards that I mentioned in my blog on Rookie Cards. Neither of which are cards I own sadly. One is, of course, Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Topps card and the other is Ken Griffey Jr.’s 1989 Upper Deck RC. As with all of his pieces replicating famous cards, these are made by cutting up thousands of old, baseball cards and pasting them onto the canvas. Somehow Tim Carroll has the vision to know how to do this in a way that his final product comes out looking eerily like the card he’s going for.
If anyone thinks it’s a shame that he’s ruining old cards you can let your mind rest. These are cards produced in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Cards which neither have value nor can be expected to appreciate due to the volume at which they were produced. In fact, the only way they might appreciate is if more people start destroying them.
When it comes to sports, Carroll doesn’t only focus on baseball. (He is like this blog in that regard. Mostly baseball but can branch into anything.) He has done Joe Namath, Jerry Rice, and Muhammad Ali.
Some of his artwork is commissioned but most is the product of inspiration. If you have a project you would like to talk to him abut undertaking you can reach him at email@example.com. He clearly takes a lot of pride in his work and if I could afford it I’d commission an Eric Davis piece. I just don’t know what card I would want to replicate.