As I continue to explore the wonderful custom cards created by Helmar Brewing, I'm more and more impressed by what I find. So far I've covered the inaugural 2005 release, a T206 mini, and an "Oasis" framed card. Tonight I've got my first card to show off from another present-day Helmar set, Polar Night!
Well, thanks to Helmar I can indeed count Pat Deasley among the names in my collection! These Polar Night cards look absolutely stunning in hand. Even the picture above, which I snapped with my iPhone, gives you a good idea of the bright, vibrant color that brings this set of deadball-era stars to life.
Elements borrowed here would include the elongated card dimensions, the plain white border, and the nature-based backgrounds. All of the artwork in this Polar Night release is original stuff done by Helmar's artists. According to their website, they "kept the look of the early line drawings but improved them so that the players are recognizable".
While the 1887 originals are certainly beautiful in their own rite, you can see that claim about the elevated level of detail in the Helmar artwork is accurate.
I didn't realize this connection when I purchased the card, and only discovered it while researching this post, but I have to say it's kind of cool to see an old black and white photograph like this be brought to life in full, vibrant color.
Like the Helmar Oasis card that I showed a few days back, these Polar Night cards really have the feel of a piece of baseball artwork (I suppose that's what they are, after all).
What do you think of the Helmar Polar Night release? I'd love to hear your feedback, positive or negative, in the comments. Thanks as always for stopping by!
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