Lot # 141: Beautiful N162 Goodwin Champions Cap Anson Original "Cut Card" Artwork by Tim Carroll

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The artwork of Tim Carroll is like nothing we can describe.  Inspired by the hobby's iconic cards, Carroll uses "junk era" baseball cards to recreate large-format mosaics in the designs of well-known (and far more valuable) baseball cards.  Entirely self-taught, Carroll has become one of the better-known sports artists, his work in great demand for private commission.  His artwork has been featured by the Upper Deck company, in Beckett Sports Monthly, and he has been commissioned by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball.  In 2012, his piece "Change" was awarded the People's Choice Award and placed second in the professional division of the 2012 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Art Competition.  His practice of repurposing valueless modern common cards by cutting them with scissors and using various colors to remake classic cards is unique, and best viewed in person.

Presented here is one of just two pieces Carroll has designed that utilize the format of the N162 Goodwin's Champions design.  In this case, the legendary card of Cap Anson has been reconstructed, utilizing what appears primarily to be 1980s Donruss commons, the yellow and orange background primarily constructed out of card backs, and the flesh tones and shades re-created with actual faces of players cut from their baseball cards.  The piece is framed to a finished size of approximately 20" x 32", and can be viewed in several ways: at a distance, one sees a colorful, large-format recreation of the legendary Anson card.  Upon moving closer, the viewer can clearly identify that the card is a mosaic, composed of various smaller elements.  At close inspection, however, one is presented with hundreds of card backs; biographical information, player names, statistics and anecdotes - if you enjoy reading the backs of baseball cards, a Carroll piece is filled with trivia and memories of players long past, like Rick Dempsey, Andres Galarraga, and Lee Smith, each of whom have cards represented in this wonderful piece.  A fascinating and unique work of art; a conversation piece as well as an aesthetically beautiful display, rendered like no sports artwork we have ever seen.

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