This month’s Art Gallery display comes from the 1992 Sportraits promotional cards. These cards were promotional cards given away to promote painter Ed David’s sports paintings. The reason that I am including this card as an Art Gallery card is because it is based on a watercolor and oil painting and it was not inserted in to packs which makes it an oddball.
The painting is from the famous 1989 Upper Deck #1 card, which was actually a photo that was taken in 1988 while he was with the San Bernardino Spirits and airbrushed in to a Mariners uniform, but in place of the Seattle “S” on the cap there is a “G” for Griffey.
I came across this card in Google Images and I knew I wanted it. The page didn’t have any information so I had to hunt it down and finally got the card info on Zistle and then went on the hunt to find one. I am not able to find anything about Ed David or his studio Limited Editions in Whittier, California but I was able to find the trademark for Sportrait(s) which was issued on November 1991 and cancelled in May 1998.
As far as I know there were only two series and each series had 4 cards on the checklist including Cal Ripken Jr. Ken Griffey Jr., David Justice and Nolan Ryan. Series One cards were #25,000 and Series Two cards were #/10,000 each. The Cal Ripken Jr. cards seem to be the most common cards to find followed by the Griffey card. They are also pretty reasonably priced, I spent $4.50 shipped.