According to my expert sources, Exciting Baseball Is Happening. In honor of the postseason, playoffs, World Series, and all that jazz, I thought it would be fun to do another roundup of the best baseball-inspired art. Grab the garlic fries, pull up your knee-socks, and join me…
1. & 2. Don Hamerman takes beautiful, poignant photos of near-destroyed baseballs that he finds on walks. Here I've featured Thread 2 and Mobius, but seriously, they're all so cool.
3. If you like infographics, beards, and sales, this is the print for you. Jon Adams created the How To Beard Yourself Like Brian Wilson print for McSweeney's, and it's awesome and on sale.
4. & 5. You're going to love this: French-born Amelie Mancini "moved to New York in 2006 and didn't know what a curveball was until a couple of friends took her to Shea Stadium one evening of 2007. The Mets lost that night to the Phillies, but Amelie fell hard for America's national pastime, becoming increasingly obsessed with the game and eventually making it one of the center themes of her work. Fascinated by baseball cards, she decided to print her own and started Left Field Cards in 2011." I love her baseball card sets, but here I've shared her print The Kid and the Baseball Grips notecard (suitable for framing, I think).
6. Any Eastbound & Down fans out there? This Portrait of Kenny Powers by Monsters Outside is for you — and only $5.
7. Good Game by Yuji Yamada captures a quiet moment of camaraderie.
And now we get to the sad part of the collection: the following three pieces are not available for sale (at least as far as I can tell), but maybe if we ask real nice...
8. The St. Louis Egoist featured Joel Anderson's illustration celebrating the Cardinals' 2011 World Series victory. I really need to buy one, please, Joel!
9. In 2010 Dave Eggers created a poster in honor of the San Francisco Giants' World Series win. I came across it on Babble, but unfortunately, it's no longer available through McSweeney's.
10. My absolute favorite baseball design of recent years is definitely the Día De Los Gigantes sugar skull with baseball cap. Ornate, hilarious, badass, and pretty all in one, it graces t-shirts, stickers, and temporary tattoos, but I think it would make a lovely screen print. ¿Por favor?
(All images as credited above.)