I'm not sure if it's the dog days of summer, or just my mood in general, but for whatever reason I continue to gravitate towards old-time baseball as far as my collecting goes. In particular, I'm increasingly becoming a fan of the Helmar baseball art cards.
I've picked up a small sampling this summer courtesy of their weekly eBay auctions, and have been beyond impressed so far. Earlier this week I showed off my first pick-up from their "T206" release, and today I've got one that I think tops even that. Behold, the Helmar "Oasis" line!
According to Helmar's website, each one of these Oasis cards is actually composed of seven different layers of material, then scuffed and worn to give it an authentic feel. The inspiration for the design was to create something that pays homage to the "Gaslight Style" commercial trade signs of the 1870s through the 1890s.
Within the set, there are a few different faux-brands that make up the borders and backs of the cards. In this case Clyde Milan, star outfielder for the Washington Senators, is done on the "Cycle Cigarettes" design. In addition to the intricate border...
Clyde was a light-hitting speedster of a center fielder, who actually supplanted the great Ty Cobb as the American League stolen bases leader in both 1912 and 1913. Milan received AL MVP votes for four consecutive seasons beginning in 1911. Really pleased to have him included as a player in my baseball card collection at last.
I applaud Charles Mandel and the other folks at Helmar for putting such effort into creating beautiful custom cards like these. I will absolutely be searching out some more of these Oasis cards for my collection in the future.
Have a great Saturday, and thanks as always for stopping by!
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