When French painter and printmaker Amelie Mancini moved to New York in 2006, she didn’t even know what a “curveball” was–but after she went to her first night game at Shea Stadium, baseball became one of the central themes of her work. She started Left Field Cards in 2011, putting a cheeky spin on the common baseball card, and was met with immediate success.
Left Field Cards has three (and counting) series; each features ten real players with unique characteristics, such as bizarre injuries, food-related last names, and memorable moustaches. The trading cards are hand printed from linoleum blocks, and have space on the back for a note, stamp, and address: imagine the look on your friends’ faces when they receive a postcard of pitcher Adam Eaton, who stabbed himself in the stomach while opening a DVD wrapper with a knife! Even non-baseball fans will love collecting and trading these quirky cards.
Want to check out Amelie’s work in the flesh? Then mark your calendars for the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday, September 30th from 10 am – 6 pm.
Photos via leftfieldcards.com