Hand drawn Baseball Cards

What is it about Every Hall of Famer that makes it such a wonderful blog?

If you haven’t visited the site, Every Hall of Famer is a blog by Summer Anne Burton, artist and contributor to such blogs as Fangraphs and The Classical.  On Every Hall of Famer, Summer has been posting her ink portraits of every hall of famer, in order of induction.

The drawings are simple, whimsical, and have a quality of reverence about them.

I love the blog and visit frequently.

This morning I decided to dig out some of my childhood attempts at drawing ballplayers. I loved to draw baseball cards of players in My League with them on the teams that they played for in the league.

Below you can see a set of “Future Stars – Season 16.” I must have drawn these in 1989, which would have made me 13 or 14 years old. Notice, Ken Griffey, Jr. on the New York Mets, Gregg Olson on the New Orleans Empire (one of my made-up franchises – along with the Sacramento Dukes and Buffalo Senators).

This next one is my favorite, though. This had to have been drawn in late 1990, when Kevin Maas was tearing up the American League and had just been made the #1 overall pick by the Buffalo Senators in My League. I think I took the inspiration from the famous Hoops David Robinson card:

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that I am not the only person in the world who drew baseball cards for his imaginary leagues. Do you have some drawings that you made for your Strat-o-Matic or APBA league that you’d like to share? Drop me a line in the comments or at twitter. I’d love to see your drawings!

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  1. Hi, I recently found a stack of hand drawn reproduced baseball cards by M.P., 1989. Do you know anything about them? There is a name on one card–matching the initials of M.P. but I can’t read it well enough to know exactly what it is. They have been copyrighted.

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