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Helmar History, Original Art, Other Art

Back in history…

I first became entranced with Indian Mughal-style art about thirty years ago. It is easy to go a little crazy with these; at one time I had several hundred pieces. These days I have perhaps a dozen or so that I haven’t been able to give up and perhaps another dozen that I wonder why I ever bought in the first place.

It’s a long story but these stylized gouache paintings brought me back to baseball. At some point I realized that this method was perfectly suited to recreating the look of many early cards. Charles.

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This blog is about vintage and hand-made baseball cards, art, brewing and cigars, history and anything interesting that I think should be passed along. Come often, you are welcome!


6 thoughts on “Back in history…

  1. the lettering on the archer card, reminds me of lettering on some great psychedelic poster art by Moscoso and Griffin.


    Posted by Randy Lindsey | February 14, 2019, 10:11 pm
  2. I have the refractor version.


    Posted by Charles | February 14, 2019, 4:18 pm
  3. Yup, I can definitely see it . . . the visual concept that eventually found expression in the modern trading card . . . and in the case of Helmar Brewing, a direct inspiration for the recent “framed” cards.. This one appears to be a rookie card from the hard-to-find “Great Indian Archers of the 16th Century” set 🙂


    Posted by Van Nightingale | February 14, 2019, 1:51 pm
    • Van, didn’t I read in the papers that you have a complete set of “Great Archers”? I think that I’ll post a few more of these next week.


      Posted by Charles | February 14, 2019, 2:08 pm
      • Nah, not a COMPLETE set . . . I’m still missing “Aamir the Accurate” and “Bhaskar of the Bullseye.” Sadly, they don’t turn up much at card shows 🙂


        Posted by Van Nightingale | February 14, 2019, 3:57 pm

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