Your Turn (BSCM Art Issue): Who are your favorite art sets or artists?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s installment of The Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is nearly upon us and we want to know who you like.

You know, as in artists.

Odds are you have a favorite player — that’s easy — but do any past art-focused card sets stand out to you? Do you have a favorite sketch card artist? How about any paintings or other pieces in the sports world?

Tell us all about them in the comments below. We’ll run a selection of the best answers in the upcoming issue.

We’ll have several interesting stories about artists with sports ties included in the issue — and a few surprises in store similar to last year’s cover art by the famed Dick Perez. (Find the back issue here.) But first things first … we want to know who you like.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

242 Comments

  1. David Johnson
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    My favorite is Luis Diaz. His sketch cards from Topps baseball and Topps Hardwood basketball have a very unique and amazing style with seemingly random splashes of color that make them visually pop.

  2. Posted January 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    HANDS DOWN, NO QUESTION!!! The BEST baseball artist on the planet, possibly EVER, is Graig Kreindler!!!

  3. Posted January 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    A big fan of Christopher Paluso, and whoever it was that did all of Upper Deck’s art in 89-93ish…

    Also, Peter Max!

  4. Tom Snyder
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    With no doubt in my mind whatsoever Kevin John Jobczynski of Erie, Pa.

  5. Mike Sopp
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Lee Roy Neiman is the classic choice, but if you are looking for a current artist Kevin-John Jobczynski is my favorite! I’ve got his art all over my house and I love it!

  6. Betty Jobinski
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    My favorite sports artist is Kevin-John, in everyone of his works there is no doubt who his subject is. The detail and emotion that he captures is not attained by anyone else.

  7. Stephanie
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Without a doubt, Kevin-John Jobczynski is the most talented sports artist out there!

  8. Eric Brookhouser
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    My favorite sketch artist would be Kevin-John Jobczynski. Can’t wait for the Ripken cover issue to come out!!

  9. Edward settles
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Most of my inspiration comes from the big guy. Erie’s own Kevin-john Jobczynski!

  10. Rob Blarr
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    A big shout out to Kevin-John Jobczynski.. Love the sketch cards!!!

  11. Mary Ann Wasielewski
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Kevin John Jabinski the greatest. I knew way back in the 90’s when I saw his art he would be great one day and he is !!!! Keep at it KJ .

  12. Jenn
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    THE best sports artist is Kevin-John Jobczynski. This guy is amazing! His work, of course, speaks for itself but I have to give him props!

  13. Jim vrabel
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    What is a great artist? Well I can tell you that KEVIN-JOHN JOBCZYNSKI is by far one of the BEST.

  14. Paul M Bayhurst
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobcznyski is by far the best out there now.

  15. Nicole Brugger
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski. His work is unparalleled. The pain-staking care and detail that goes into every piece of work is undeniable and unlike any other. His talent is remarkable in that he is able to convey the likeness of his subject in such a way that he conveys personality and action…it’s not just a portrait.

  16. Tiffany
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is the best

  17. Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Nobody draws like Kevin-John Jobczynski. He is the best!!!

  18. Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    This is the gal to beat them all Margie Lawrenee my cuz as she doesn’t “copy” photos but makes actua art

  19. Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    my cuz Margie Lawrene as she doesn’t copy photos she actually makes art

  20. Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    my cuz Margie Lawrence as she doesn’t copy photos she actually makes art

  21. G. Crayne
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is my favorite.

  22. Ron Card-Collector Churchwell
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Kevin John…..”nuff said

  23. kris
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski!! No doubt the best ever!

  24. Bonnie Matthews
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely hands down Kevin-John Jobczynski! I’ve known KJ since he was a budding artist in high school YEARS AGO (sorry KJ!) when he was drawing Erie area landmarks. Today I follow especially his Pittsburgh sports art since I am now a Pittsburgher, but appreciate all his incredible artwork of sports celebrities!

  25. David Boudreau
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    By far it is Kevin-John Jobczynski; details, inspiration, and pride in every line that he makes. Art is a gift not a talent, and he is a true artist.

  26. Paula Bell
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski….is my only choice…I am so taken by his work, that I have two of his Steeler’s portraits adorning my walls. I am NOT a Steeler fan, I bought them for a present to my hubby. I am proud of my prints and of the man that brought them to life. Thank you KJ <3

  27. joe
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Kevin john is the by far

  28. Selina Uglow
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski, by far the best!!

  29. Lisa
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobcznyski is the most talented sports artist out there!

  30. Michele
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Kevin John Jobczynski is the best!

  31. Stacey Wodecki
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is my favorite artist. His artwork encapsulates the heartbeat and emotion of today’s athletes, infusing into each illustration an identity that grabs your soul and speaks to your heart. Each one is truly unforgettable. His art has taught me to see with my mind’s eye, developing a true appreciation for the art!

  32. Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Kevin John from Beckett and Leaf products is the best around. The most realistic looking artwork of all sports artists. Very versatile. His football and baseball work is the best

  33. Todd Warden
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Art cards are something that I love. 1983’s Hall of Fame Heroes, Diamond Kings throughout the years, Topps Gallery, and UD Masterpieces are just a few of the series that I look back on with many pleasant memories, but I would say that my favorites have always been the early Baseball Heroes (and Heroes of Baseball) cards featuring the art of Vernon Wells.

  34. Nick Sleptzoff
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    An artist for many, many years who has exceptional talent and regional fame in NW Pennsylvania Kevin-John Jobczynski.

  35. Jeff Jobczynski
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    No contest the best in the world Kevin-John. Often imitated NEVER duplicated!!! Being the best only ends at the pen but it starts much deeper.

  36. Big D
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Being that I myself am from Erie, this may be a little biased….but K.J. is the man. I own several of his prints, all of which he personally gave to me, and love the quality in each and every one of them

  37. Thomas Lindway
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Kevin John Jobczynski is the best!
    I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it. A great talent.

  38. Amanda Conley
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Favorite Sports artist hands down is Kevin-John Jobczynski…the realism he brings to his pieces is amazing, I have a Sidney Crosby print hanging on my wall and the dirty spray coming off the ice looks so real that at first glance I thought one of my kids spilled something on it

  39. AMY
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John!

  40. Kevin M.
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    K.J. is the man. Good person, good artist. Keep up the good work!

  41. Danielle Calabrese
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Kevin John Jobczynski of Erie, Pa. He is amazing, a true inspiration to other up and coming artists…..(my daughter). He just keeps getting better and better every year. awesome

  42. Amanda Kelly
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John is no doubt the leader in the field of sports art .

  43. Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    kevin.john he is the best there is i have never seen better work then his just ask well that is wat u r doing,,,lol…lol…but trust me he is very good..i love wat he does…

  44. Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    kevin.john by far….

  45. Mel Gray
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is, by far, the best artist associated with Beckett books. Not only is he the best artist, he also has a heart larger than he is when it comes to helping out charities. Kevin-John rocks in my book :)

  46. Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Kevin John’s work is 2nd to none, but if had to vote 1) Kevin John 2) Dick Perez 3) whom ever did all those diamond kings back in the day (I think it was dick perez) and 4) Dave Sliepka.
    Kevin has only been doing work for beckett for less than a year, the best I’m sure it yet to come ! Keep Rock’in Kevin, LOVE seeing your work.

  47. Steph
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is one of my favorite artists, and not just his sports related art work! I have a picture of The Boston Store (located in Erie PA) hanging in my hallway that was drawn by Kevin-John many, many years ago and it is a masterpiece!

  48. Cammy
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John’s work rocks!!! One great artist!!

  49. cheryl kelly
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Kevin John Jobczynski is the most standout and detailed sports artist without a doubt !

  50. Robert E
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    The most reputable sports artist of our time is the honorable Kevin-John Jobczynski. He is an inspiration
    to many!

  51. Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    My artist is a huge Pittsburgh favorite
    Tempy Moore. Visit http://www.artforyinz.com
    It’s amazing and has a big following and collectors.

  52. John Hirz
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John is definately the best!!!!!! I have a picture of Academy High School (Erie, Pa) that Kevin drew many, many years ago. It is by far my favorite peace. He is an excellent artist and his recent sports pictures have the best detail and emotion you can imagine in a drawing.

  53. Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I started collecting work from Tempy Moore. She does amazing freehand work. I now alot of High End Sports Collectors that use her for everything. Most of my Sports art is from her studio.

  54. Greg G
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is the best.

  55. Adam
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Checkout Chuck Braud at http://www.chuckbraud.com … This guy is a phenomenal sports artist both with paints on large canvas as well as in smaller scales such as the sketch cards he did for 2011 Topps Baseball and 2011 Topps Football … Great talent from Louisiana!!!

  56. Marco westhartford
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is by far the best artist I know! His work is amazing! He is the Mickey Mantle of sports art!

  57. Jennie Bone
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski by far :)

  58. Troy Tashima
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Chris Henderson is the BEST up & coming artist in the real life art category.
    If you want to see another new artist that is more impressionism, check out Vo Nguyen.
    Both are awesome and hard to beat. Be sure to check them out on FB

  59. Colleen Mezler
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski gets my vote!!!

  60. Posted January 19, 2012 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    My fav is Tempy Moore she is an up and coming
    Who has some of the best stuff in my house to date. I have KJ work as well so I own
    Both KJ and Tempy Moore.

  61. Dennis
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    By far Kevin-John, his passion for art and sports equal none! He not only captures the likeness of the figure but the soul in the eyes and the intensity in the facial expression, there is more to the drawing than just what you see, it’s what you feel!

  62. Rachael Jiuliante
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is without a doubt the most talented sports artist out there. He has a ridiculous amount of talent and captures so much emotion in all of his work. It is truly amazing!

  63. Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I vote for Tempy Moore. Her work is one of a kind
    And she is too modest. She was just at the Empire State
    Painting canvas for all the Governors and Senators! Then turn around and
    Do my whole game room for little ol me. She is a great sports artist!!!

  64. Lance Harwell
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Daniel Moore hands down. I hate Bammer with the best of them but his prints transcend that.

  65. andrea bergeron paul
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    HANDS DOWN! Eric Cash. He was at Beckett in late 90s also. http://www.ericcashillustration.com/sports.html

  66. Posted January 19, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Tempy Moore her work is fab! Very collectable artworks see some of her work http://www.artforyinz.com
    She has my vote! I’ve been buying Becketts since the 80’s and I love and collect sports art with the best of them and this girl got serious talent. All my best!!
    Eric B.

  67. Posted January 19, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Tempy Moore.

  68. Posted January 19, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Tempy Moore her hockey art should be used in a set of your cards!!

  69. Mindy Watson
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I have several pieces of sports art, but I gotta say that Kevin-john Jobczynski has drawn my favorite pieces!!!

  70. Posted January 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Tempy Moore her work is Topps!! I have all of her prints and some custom art that she did for my husband that everyone wants to buy off of us! She would be a great candidate for your up and coming artists for the future of sports art!:)

  71. John Jiuliante
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Kenin-John Jobczynski does a great job. Super artist.

  72. Andrew Miller
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler! He’s AWESOME, sir!

  73. Nicole Tellem
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler’s work is incomparable. His paintings are meticulously done, beautiful and each one takes you back to the moment in time it has captured.

  74. Greg
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm…I seem to be going against the tide here but Graig Kreindler gets my vote. His stuff is far superior.

  75. Sara
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler’s baseball work is phenomenal. Takes you right into the narrative of every painting!

  76. Akshay
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I would highly recommend Graig Kreindler. His paintings are completely out of this world!!

  77. Will Schneider
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    At first glance, Graig Kreindler paintings are of baseball scenes, but the truth is his paintings explain to non-believers why the rest of us love baseball.

  78. Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Charles Ott, otherwise known as the Steel City Artist is one of the most incredible illustrators in the country. The artist features a new collection of digital illustrations of sports legends.

  79. Joe Greco
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    You guys must have rocks in your head. Graig Kreindler, and it’s not even close.

  80. Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    I have to give kudos to the Hall of Fame master, Dick Perez. You have to see the paintings of Graig Kreindler if you haven’t already – and I love the custom painted balls by Monty Sheldon.

  81. chris
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Jared Kelley gets my vote!

  82. Brett Levinthal
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler … you may end this thread now.

  83. Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I consider myself lucky that I live in the era of Graig Kreindler producing sports art. He’s the tops in my book!

  84. Matthew Gilman
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    How can you not say Dick Perez??!! What an amazing artist. And being bigtime card collector love seeing his work,

  85. del
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    The BEST baseball artist is Graig Kreindler!!!

  86. Kyle Banister
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I follow a lot of sports/Baseball artists, and there are many I admire. But if I had to pick a favorite I’d have to go with Graig Kreindler. His paintings are so detailed and full of emotion that they actually tell a story.

  87. Jenny Goldberg
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler will forever be my favorite!! His art just takes my breath away!

  88. Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler, Hands down. His work is hand down the best I have ever seen. My wife looks at them and say they are amazing.

  89. Herb Bernstein
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    My favorite sports artist is Graig Kreindler. His paintings bring you back in time. You can hear the crowds yell in the background. His paintings touch the true character of the subject. His use of light makes you feel as if you are looking at a photograph. For those who are not familiar with his work, you are missing out if you don’t check it out.

  90. Graig
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Paul Lempa in the hizzy!!

  91. Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    There are almost too many to mention, but here are a few who influenced me over the years; Andy Jurinko, Bill Purdom, Graig Kreindler, Monty Sheldon, Kadir Nelson, George Sosnak, Stephen Holland, Ernie Barnes, Arthur K. Miller and Ron Stark.

  92. Terry Kwentus
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is by far the best. His work is simply amazing.

  93. Bret Boylan
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    The absolute best sports artist I have ever come across is Graig Kreindler from Bronxville, NY. His work has been displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Google him and check his work out, it is jaw dropping!

  94. Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is very talented but I prefer the work of Greg Kreindler.

  95. Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    A couple of sports artists that I haven’t seen you shine the light on in the past, but most assuredly deserve it, are Graig Kreindler and Gary Joseph Cieradkowski.

  96. j connors
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is my favorite. His paintings are realistic but more than that, you feel the passion of the subject and the action going on.

  97. ryan weatherford
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    PAUL LEMPA AND BERNIE HUBERT. LEMPA’S AN AWESOME PAINTER AND HUBERT HAS MAYBE THE BEST STUFF IVE EVER SEEN. THE DETAIL HE PUTS IN EVERY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL IN A PIECE IS INCREDIBLE, AS IN THE PEOPLE IN THE STANDS

  98. Kristen Hart
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    No one can capture a moment or a personality like Paul Lempa. His attention to detail is unmatched.

  99. ryan weatherford
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    http://www.berniehubert.com/images/WillieSealsStadium.jpg

  100. Brian D.
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler! Very impressive stuff. Don’t take my word for it, look him up!

  101. cathy smith
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Tim Carroll is my favorite sports art artist by far.

  102. mia murphy
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know who this Kevin-John is but the artist that is a true artist (regardless of his sports genre) is Graig Kreindler. He is the best sports artist (or just plain great artist) that I know of.

  103. Jay's Sports Cards
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Tim Carroll —Beautiful art work !! Very creative check him out!

  104. melisa ward
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    as a baseball purist no doubt the best is Graig Kreindler
    his work is evocative and incredibly detailed

  105. Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is a modern day master in the genre. I occasionally have the privledge of seeing one of his original works at Gamma one (top tier artwork photography studio in NYC) when dropping off my own work. Amongst all of the amazing artwork waiting to be documented at the studio, Graigs paintings alway stand out in the crowd.
    Sports artists simply don’t get any better than Graig

  106. Ray Groll
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    I am very impressed by the classic baseball art of Graig Kreindler which brings me back to the good ole baseball days of my youth in the late fifties and sixties ! Unbelievable likenesses and detail !

  107. Jon Snyder
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    The BEST baseball artist is GRAIG KREINDLER! He’s been my favorite for the last few years!

  108. Michael
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Paul Lempa is my favorite!

  109. Caralyner
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Hands down the best artist is Mr. Graig Kreindler. He brings historical moments in baseball to life in ways I’ve never seen before. His attention to detail is incredible. Everything he’s done is exquisite. It’s no wonder he has a waiting list for commissions – if you’d see his work you’d understand why!

    http://www.graigkreindler.com

  110. Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    My favorite artist has to be Graig Kreindler. He takes black and white pictures and researches, researches and researches. Then he researches again. His use of color, light, and shadows is as realistic as it gets. His work is so lifelike that the figures jump off the page. You can feel the excitement of being at the game.

  111. Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Arlene

    My favorite artist has to be Graig Kreindler. He takes black and white pictures and researches, researches and researches. Then he researches again. His use of color, light, and shadows is as realistic as it gets. His work is so lifelike that the figures jump off the page. You can feel the excitement of being at the game. Visit his website at graigkreindler.com
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

  112. Posted January 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is an astounding artist and historian of wonderful moments and heroes of the game. His paintings are incredible pieces that are simply unforgettable. My
    Vote is for Kreindler by a mile.

  113. Annmarie Jiuliante
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Kevin-John Jobczynski is the absolute best sports artist. No one even comes close to his talent.

  114. Stacey Tirro
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kriendler. Hands down. No one does baseball better – especially vintage Yanks.

  115. Posted January 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    I collect football and for me one of my favorite sets was Gridiron Kings from Donruss. Back in 2002 when I was first getting into collecting I purchased some packs of Gridiron Kings and was impressed by the artistic portraits of the recent players and HOFers. I liked it so much I ended up completing the full autograph/memorabilia set from the product, 2002 Gridiron Kings Gridiron Cut Collection. It features the same portraits as the base cards, but also has autos, jerseys, and ball swatches from the likes of Joe Montana, Barry Sanders, Terry Bradshaw and company. It was a great set and one that I would love to see again in a Panini product someday!

  116. Paul Roberti
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Huge Fan of Graig Kreindlers work. I haven’t seen anybody doing what he’s doing. Really inspiring and incredible talent.

  117. Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is the finest sports artist. His paintings are both realistic and romantic. They make you feel like you are there.

  118. Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kriendler. He is quite simply the finest artist there is for old-time baseball. His work transports you back to much more colorful and simpler time. He is THE modern day Charles Conlon of sports painting. I can’t say enough how outstanding his work and commitment is to the craft of sports art.

  119. Dan Brown
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    My say would have to go to Graig Kreindler. His art is amazing, the masterpieces he creates make you feel you are there first hand!

  120. Johnny
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Hands down, not even a question, Graig Kreindler. His work is so realistic it is as if you were at the ball field or the ball player was infront of you. If you have not had the privlage of seeing his work do so. Google his website and you will be astonished.

  121. Toby
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is the best I’ve ever seen. His paintings are like a time machine taking you back in history.

  122. Glen S
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Graif Kreindler is the man! His stuff belongs in the HOF!

  123. Teresa Gregory
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Is there another sports artist besides Tim Carroll? He is absolutely the BEST!

  124. Sam
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    The proof is in the pudding…. Graig Kreindler http://www.graigkreindler.com/

  125. Meredith
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Paul Lempa – without a doubt!

  126. Matt Reed
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Tim Carroll’s artwork is amazing. I am particularly fond of his sport card art. He cuts up baseball cards and creates images of sports figures. Unique and realistic looking. Visit his website: http://www.timcarrollart.com/

  127. Shivani
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindlers work is amazing!!! His paintings make you feel like you personally experienced the moment. They take you on a baseball journey through time.

  128. Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Tim Carroll gets my vote. Shoeless Joe made out of black socks, Frank Thomas made with Band-aids, Dale Earnhardt made using a radio control race car, Bill Buckner painted upside down between the legs, Ted Williams made from toothpicks, baseball cards cut up to reproduce classic cards on a poster size scale, Ali made with butterfly and bee stamps…every piece he does has some twist that makes me say “THAT is art I can appreciate”.

  129. Ed
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Bernie Hubert is another favorite.

  130. C
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler – if you don’t know home, take the time to check him out – exquisite artwork!

  131. Howard Chernick
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler!!!! Just take a look at any of his paintings and you will see why he is the best. I met him at a card show where he showed me some of his work. I’ve been a fan since then. His work is realistic and makes you feel that you are there. One day when i save enough money i hope to purchase one of his paintings.

  132. john nelson
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    check out http://www.beckett.com/forums/thread-145…t=Painting ( best artist no competition)

  133. Mike
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Arthur K Miller is my favorite. Graig Kreindler is very good as well.

  134. Jon Tittle
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Brian Kong’s art work on the 2010 Topps National Chicle Baseball Set was by far the best that I’ve seen in a while.

  135. Mark in STL
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is the best sports artist there is. His works are amazing, especially his renditions of vintage baseball. They will take your breath away.

  136. Chris
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Paul Lempa of course!

  137. missy
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    my vote goes to Graig Kreindler!

  138. PN
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    WARNING!!! Kreindler will ruin your appreciation for other artists. He is THAT GOOD!! A true master.

  139. Posted January 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I have to go with Jared Kelley, his work is amazing and over the last few months I have had the chance to interact with him and he is a really nice guy.

  140. Posted January 20, 2012 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Kevin John Jobcznski is my favorite.

  141. Posted January 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I will go with my favorite Tempy Moore. She is young and fresh and has natural talent! Pittsburgh fans love this site http://www.artforyinz.com! Beckett rules!!!!

  142. Jason
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler! He’s amazing.

  143. tom nguyen
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler takes it to the next level, big fan of his work!

  144. Alexandra D
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is by far THE most AMAZING sports artist I’ve known. Check out his stuff: http://graigkreindler.com/

    such attention to detail and fantastically life-like work he creates. Calling his paintings masterpieces is an understatement.

  145. Robert Klevens
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is by far the greatest sports painter alive. Each painting tells a story in which you feel like you are part of baseball history.

  146. Lucette
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is not only an awesome talent but his work with vintage baseball are nation treasures. Graig, no question about it.

  147. Gigi
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    For me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the answer is Graig Kreindler. The only thing more beautiful than Graig’s paintings of baseball are the game of baseball itself.

  148. Cj
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is phenomenal.

  149. Hannah Parsons
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Favorite has to be, without a doubt, Graig Kreindler!!! His paintings are absolutely incredible, life-like, beautiful, and unforgettable!!! Hands down, he is the best!!

  150. Euric
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler’s paintings are multidimensional and I can stare at them for hours just perusing all the life-like details.

  151. Debra
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is outstanding! The best for sure!

  152. Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I have followed the work of Graig Kreindler for years and his paintings are so well researched and beautifully executed it’s no contest. Graig’s talent is awe inspiring.

  153. Ed
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Diamond Kings hands down. I have the Brad Fulmer black ink Auto, and the Ben Grieve Gold Signiture gold ink Auto. The art makes the card robust, and the sigs are the icing on the cake.

  154. Michele
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    No one captures the history of baseball better than craig kreindler! His attention to detail is amazing!

  155. Claudia c
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Graig kreindler! Amazing person and amazing talent!

  156. marissa gilberg
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler! He is an incredibly talented, methodical painter and really captures vintage baseball moments better than anyone I have seen.

  157. Mike Carbonaro
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Brian Kong’s work on the 2009 Allen & Ginter set was my favorite. He was able to capture the highlight moments in the Allen & Ginter style perfectly.

  158. Justin
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler brings good things to life. Oh, and he’s good guy GREAT painter. Seriously though, I look up to Graig, he’s the best out there.

  159. Jeff Phillips Kinchleys
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    How is this even a discussion? Take one look at Graig Kreindler and this discussion is over.

  160. Rich Rockwood
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    I think Griag Kreindler is a fantastic artist who really brings his subjects to like. His link is http://www.graigkreindler.com.

  161. Bob Sinkevitch
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    I have to say Brian Kong’s artwork on the In the Game Ultimate Hockey was the best sports card work I have seen in a while. I loved the way he paid homage to the old Hockey art with modern day legends.

  162. Peggy Ehrhardt
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Here’s another shout-out for Paul Lempa. His work is so “alive” that I feel I must be wearing 3D glasses. Genius talent!

  163. Posted January 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler’s work just blows me away; I haven’t seen anyone else that compares.

  164. Chris Anderson
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler and then Danny Wild Photography

  165. Gavin
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler, no questions. His art speaks for itself – https://www.facebook.com/GraigKreindler.

  166. Julie
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    I would have to say Graig Kreindler is my favorite sports artist, for sure.

  167. Posted January 21, 2012 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is the homerun king!!!!!

  168. Posted January 21, 2012 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    My vote is for Tim Carroll…what masterpieces he makes from cutting up cards!

  169. maria
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Graig Krendler is an amazingly talented sports artist, it is definitely my favorite. His paintings are so realistic you feel like you are there. Take a look at at his site: https://Graigkreindler.com.

  170. Jeff Levitsky
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    I have to go with Tim Carroll. Here is a link to his work. Really amazing to me. http://www.timcarrollart.com/

  171. John
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m a sports artist myself (John Giancaspro) and I have to say Graig Kreindler is one of the best I have seen. Along with my idol Dick Perez and a nod to Arthur Miller.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/JG-Sports-Gallery/270010759682017?ref=tn_tnmn

  172. Jennifer C.
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Brian Kong is my favorite sports sketch card artist. He captures the player likenesses perfectly, but adds his own style & edge to the cards, which in my book separates him from all the other sketch artists.

  173. Leah Frost
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    John Giancaspro is the BEST SPORTS ARTIST PERIOD!!!

  174. Posted January 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    John Giancaspro’s work is AMAZING~ Vivid Deep and Captivating~ I love his work and I cant really stand sports; other then UFC, so that’s really saying something! Please do yourself a favor and check him out; you wont be sorry~ *Winks*

  175. Marc Colontonio
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    ive known this artist since 6th grade and since 6th grade he has a talent that is unbeliveable
    im talking about John Giancaspro he is a very good artist and should have his own show .
    if you are lucky enough to see his art youll agree

    So Keep drawing and painting John

    your pal
    Marc

  176. Michelle Henschel
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    John Giancaspro’s work is AMAZING~ Vivid Deep and Captivating~ I love his work and I cant really stand sports; other then UFC, so that’s really saying something! Please do yourself a favor and check him out; you wont be sorry~ *Winks* http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000613195047

  177. Michelle Henschel
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    John Giancaspro’s work is AMAZING~ Vivid Deep and Captivating~ I love his work and I cant really stand sports; other then UFC, so that’s really saying something! Please do yourself a favor and check him out; you wont be sorry~ *Winks*

  178. Posted January 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    The idea of a contest for the best artist is silly. How do you pick a best when so many
    out there are great. Monty Sheldon, Paul Lempa, Graig Kreindler, Bernie Hubert, Kevin-John Jobczynski, Dick Perez and many many more. Many work in different mediums and have different styles that are totally divergent. They are all great and creative and to have competition
    as to who is best is like asking who is better Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, Rembrandt or DaVinci. They were all great and are appeciated for their talent. If Beckett had any sense they would pick about 20-100 of the different sports artists and display their week in multiple issues so they can all be enjoyed.

    ********* From mod: Nobody ever said this was a contest — not at all.

  179. Wendy Parsons
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is definitely the most brilliant sports artist that I know of. You only have to look at the detail in his paintings to recognise that. Plus the research that goes into making sure every color is correct is astounding!!!

  180. Cherilyn
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    In my opinion the NY Mets former bat boy John Giancaspro
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/JG-Sports-Gallery/270010759682017
    Check his work out!

  181. Erica
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    No doubt about it, I think the BEST sketch card artist is Brian Kong. His style really captures the players likenesses.

  182. Marge Lawrence
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kriendler is a painter and an artist, contest are stupid, especially when it comes to something so subjective as a creative effort.

  183. chrisolds
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Nobody said this was a contest. It was a call for opinions with a selection of those opinions to appear in the magazine.

  184. Carol
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Brian Kong made a sketch I love…Mark Sanchez. Gotta see it all you Jets fans in NYNJ!

  185. Posted January 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    My favorite is Tim Carroll…his original work of Arts are amazing! If you have the chance to check out his stuff…..see his Frank Thomas work of Art…Titled “The Big Hurt” using band aids!!! Best regards, David

  186. SG
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Check out Brian Kong’s artwork. He is outstanding!

  187. MrJeff
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    – Brian Kong’s artwork is so life-like….

  188. opcfan
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Tim Carroll get my vote also, truly great artisan.

  189. The Quarter Box
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I love the work of Tim Carroll, and hope all collectors get a chance to view it as well:
    http://www.timcarrollart.com/

  190. Nelson Eng
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Brian Kong has my vote, his sketch cards bring the players to life.

  191. Posted January 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Beckett is the foremost leader in the Sports card world,And I love all the artists that have worked with them and have collected alot of sports art from some of the older artist through the years . I have access to have work and easy contact with Tempy Moore of the Pittsburgh Area. Her work is very good and can be custom to your liking. I want her to get more involved in the sports card memorabilia to add to my nice collection. Keep up the great work Tempy. And glad to see such great responses on this posting!! Hopefully we get more people into the collecting side like yester years!!!

  192. Dana DR
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler is an extraordinarily talented sports artist. He takes pride in doing research, matching colors, and creating the most authentic sports scenes that he can. You should check out his work – especially if you’re an old-timer!

  193. Bruce McCallum
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Larry Klu has got to be my favorite sports artist. He distinguishes himself from many other sports artists by painting incredible pieces on actual sports equipment, jerseys, and even Terrible Towels. The dude has got some skills!

  194. Susie Snyder
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler definitely gets my vote! His talent is immeasurable and I absolutely love all of his work!

  195. George Godlin
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    My all-time favorite is Brian Kong. Great use of color, creativity and realism make him such a great sketch card artist.

  196. Todd M
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    My favorite is Brian Kong. He is a great artist and you can always recognize his style.

  197. Nicholas
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Jason Yoder without a doubt

  198. Posted January 23, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Brian Kong is my favorite sketch card artist. His work displays a rare dynamic example and I think it is great!

  199. Brett A. Blair
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    My 2 favorite artists are Tim Carroll for mixed media and sketch artist is Chris Henderson

  200. Posted January 23, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Can I nominate myself? Actually I think James Fiorentino is tremendous and of course, Dick Perez and Arthur Miller are both amazing too!

    I’d love to see my Bryce Harper painting on the cover of Beckett though!

  201. Phil Chu
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    – Brian Kong is my favorite sketch card artist.

    – I love Brian Kong’s sports card artwork.  He captures the players in great detail.-

    – Brian Kong’s artwork is so life-like….

  202. Helen Lee
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I love Brian Kong’s sports card artwork. He captures the players in great detail, he has my vote.

  203. Posted January 23, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Jason Yoder (www.cincysportsart.com) has done a lot of work with the minor league players and has broken through to some of the mainstream athletes as well. Amazing work done by a quality individual.

  204. Cat
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler – absolutely!

  205. Kelby Siler
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    You gotta love bow ties and Jason Yoder: http://www.cincysportsart.com

  206. Grace Cotto
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Brian Kong is FANTASTIC!!! LOVE HIS SKETCH CARDS!!!!

  207. Jon L
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Brian Kong is the best.

  208. JKS
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Brian Kong’s work is amazing…he gets my vote hands down.

  209. Molly Wescoat
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Dave Shorey interpretation of the sports figures brings a life like quality to the Art.
    He is amazingly talented!

  210. michael church
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    a new york artist named john giancaspro does incredible work in the field of sports related art.. a page dedicated to his work can be found at this url: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JG-Sports-Gallery/270010759682017

    his most recent watercolor of derek jeter is one of the best i’ve ever seen..

  211. Steve Stubbs
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Dave Shorey does excellent work and his prices are very affordable.

  212. Steve Stubbs
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Dave Shorey does excellent work!

  213. john marshfield
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    It’s incredible that so many contemporary artists of middling talent are mentioned here. None of the names

    This is embarrassing. The idea that these middling artists have created a popularity contest to name themselves as “great artists” is silly. Where is George Bellows on this list? Willard Mullin? There are a thousand artists better than any name on this list.

  214. Kirby D
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    The work of Tim Carroll is unlike any I have ever seen before. Very creative and original. Check him out:
    http://www.timcarrollart.com/

  215. Laura
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Love Larry Klu’s sports art. He is a versatile painter who works on many different surfaces. Really like his style, colors, composition, and emotions that he conveys in the athletes.

  216. Karen
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Dave Shorey’s work is amazing, so rich with depth and detail.

  217. Posted January 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    How about Jonathan Banchick. This guy has developed the art for all the MLB Charity Wines labels that have sold about a million bottles for about two dozen current and former major leaguers in a dozen markets. And on top of that’s his work has been featured in Beckett a handful of times over the years.

    See some of Banchick’s work here: http://www.bostonbaseball.com/baseball_artists/baseball_artist_jonathan_banchick.php

  218. V Auggy
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Brian Kong is an AMAZING sketch artist. The detail and quality of his work is hands down the best!

  219. Tom Panas
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Brian Kong gets my vote, for sure. What I love about Brian’s work is that he captures the artistry of the athletes and illustrates his subject’s athletic skills through his own creativity. Excuse the cliche, but his art captures the “poetry in motion” of the athlete.

  220. Neil
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Jonathan Banchick is a great sports illustrator. Love his stuff! He recently finished a commission for a client of Phil and Joe Niekro and the finished painting is now hanging in Phil Niekro’s house in Florida.

    His illustrations “Reverence” and “Hero Worship” were both featured in past Beckett Sports Art Gallery contests.

    Here’s a link to his amazing illustrations… http://banchickillustration.daportfolio.com/

  221. Elayne
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Paul Lempa’s artwork is really awesome! I’m always really impressed with the attention to detail in his pieces. I’ve seen his work evolve over the years–the art and the artist keep getting better and better!

  222. Sean
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    There is no comparison .Paul Lempa is hands down the most talanted sports artist out there. First off he actually paints the cards. The concentration and talent required to handle a paint brush with such ability while working with such a small canvass is incredible. Paul Lempa captures each players likeness like no other.. Mr.Lempa does not just create sketch cards but tiny masterpieces.

  223. Posted January 27, 2012 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Paul Lempa gets it .He is my pick for the best sports artist. Try to find one of his pieces it’s almost impossible. As soon as I see them on eBay or at a gallery they are sold almost instantly. That’s the appreciation his work has by the collectors . I just recently saw a piece of his he did for the ESPN documentary The Real Rocky which is about the true life Rocky ,Chuck Wepner it was incredible. I came across the painting by accident while I was checking out http://Www.chuckwepner.com . The piece features Wepner hitting Ali in the fight that inspired the Rocky movies . It was such a life like image. After seeing that it once again confirmed for me what I already knew. Paul Lempa is a true artist in every sense and the best sports artist alive in my and many others opinion.

  224. Matt
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    The names mentioned before are all great artists. However, there is nobody that creates a more photo-realistic piece of art than VERNON WELLS! If you don’t know him, you need to! http://www.vwellsart.com

  225. Patty
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Vernon Wells, HANDS DOWN!!!!

  226. susan coolbaugh
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    vernon wells is my favorite and he captures realistic detail in all of his work…he’s extremely talented and such a gentleman!

  227. Pat McClure
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Hands down Vernon Wells creates the best pieces of sports’ art. VERNON WELLS is the best.
    Check out his site at http://www.vwellsart.com

  228. Kristina Allen
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Vernon Wells is the best!!!

  229. Jennifer
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Vernon Wells is phenominal! His work is beautiful and so full of passion!

  230. Cherita Chadwell
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Vernon Wells is the best. Love Love Love his work.

  231. Kevin
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    My vote goes to Brian Kong, I’ve been a fan of his artwork for sometime now.

  232. Tracy L. Carpenter
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Vernon Wells. Noone compares to the realistic artistry like he does.the ability to use only two colours on canvas is mind blowing! He is The BEST!!!

  233. Jen Montes
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler breaths life into the history of baseball with his work…it’s amazing to see these past moments brought to the present. His passion is evident in every finished piece.

  234. rodney horton
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Vernon Wells..I thought u already knew!

  235. Kevin St. J
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Do any past art-focused card sets stand out to you? 2007 DC Legacy. Nice sets that celebrates 50 characters of DC Comics universe over the years. The “Big 3” of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are highlighted along with their counterparts of Joker, Lex Luther and Cheetah along with some older favorites such as Green Lantern and newer incarnations like Batwoman. But it’s the sketch card artist line-up that makes it worth cracking a box: Andy Price, Katie Cook, Mike Lilly, Renae De Liz, Tony Perna and Warren Martineck to name a few bring their own creative takes on DC’s iconic characters.

    Do you have a favorite sketch card artist? Nar! Check out any of his 200 cards out of 2007 Marvel Masterpieces, it’s pure passion in those mini works of art! Whether it’s done in color, grey tones or in inks all of his cards deliver top notch quality. You can also find in his sketch cards in more limited amounts in the packs of Marvel Masterpieces 2 & 3 and Woman of Marvel. He was also the case incentive artist for Fantastic Four Archives and has his own brand of cards called SketchLords.

  236. James burzynki
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Graig Kriendler is the best hands down.. Featured in numerous musuems and his artwork even recently opened for baseball tv show with Tom Brokaw on Fox Sports…

  237. Posted January 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Tempy Moore has done some fabulous work both in hockey and football art. She is in a mostly male ran arena with a skill set that matches what I have seen.

  238. Phillipa Spencer
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    VERNON WELLS is the absolute best! You’re just waiting for those guys to jump off the canvas they’re so realistic! All of you should check him out and see what you’ve been missing.

  239. Coimbre21
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m going vintage with Anthony Ravielli. Ten years ago I read Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons The Modern Fundamentals of Golf, first published in 1957. This is where I took note of Ravielli’s work, all done with the use of parallel lines. Here are a couple of links to his work: http://www.codex99.com/illustration/9.html http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/cover/featured/7555/index.htm

  240. Don Pedicini Jr.
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    I would say Brian Kong AND Chris Henderson . Both capture the likenesses and strength of the players masterfully.

  241. Posted February 15, 2012 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Graig Kreindler, for anyone who has or hasn’t seen his work, is one of the most talented sports artists painting today. It’s a shame more people haven’t become familiar with his work. I would strongly urge everyone to look him up and get to know his work and give him the credit he deserves, best sports artist!!!

  242. Larry kunzleman
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    I just got my first ever Tempy Moore Leaf 2012 Sketch Card of Ozzie Smith! It is priceless!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing Card that just captured him perfect! Tempy Moore will always be my favorite artist period! Thank You LEAF for getting such great talent! Great Product!
    Larry

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