3-D art cards: A unique item for collectors and a second chance for a dealer

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Walking through a card show, collectors see the typical fare – vintage cards, prospects, dime boxes and wax – stopping only when they think they might buy something.

But Vincent Patrick’s table gets collectors to stop no matter what they are into. His art cards capture their attention with people wanting to learn more.

Patrick calls these baseball cards 3-D cards. He takes two or more cards, cutting meticulously around the player on one card and using the background of another to create a shadowbox-like effect for a unique result.

Patrick has always considered himself creative. So he wanted to try something different. Even he was surprised by the result after his first attempt. Patrick didn’t expect the cards to look as good as they did.

But there was a bigger reason for the cards, something more than feeding his creative passion.

Patrick was laid off from Newsday, a newspaper in Long Island. After looking for another job, he decided to get on the card show rotation to make money. He had vintage cards from his own collection, but decided to dedicate a small portion of his table to his new 3-D cards.

After several shows, the 3-D cards took over with the vintage cards relegated to the small part of the booth. Collectors wanted to see more of the art cards.

The sales of the 3-D cards were doing well. Patrick was thinking of ways to expand.

But – and there is always a ‘but’ – he suffered a huge loss.

After a show in northern New Jersey in late July, he and his father stopped to get something to eat on the way home. When they went back to their car after their meal, the car was gone.

Patrick’s car was stolen along with his entire inventory of cards. The police eventually found the car totaled and all that was left were two small boxes of vintage cards.

Many people would be overly discouraged by the turn of events. However, Patrick’s positive attitude was obvious when he talked about the situation. He made jokes at his own expense, and took the unfortunate event in stride.

Patrick didn’t give up. Instead, he spent the last six weeks re-creating his 3-D cards, building up his inventory from scratch. He now has 1,200 cards for sale and returned to the card show scene in early October.

You can find more information on Patrick’s 3-D art cards by emailing him 3dbaseballcards@gmail.com.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.




  1. AE
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    This has been done before. A company produced those in the early 90’s. They called them “Tri-Cards”. I still have my sealed 1991 fleer Wally Joyner.

  2. shawn davis
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Man, I love the look of his creations. Heck of a job. May have to get some for myself. Great work.

  3. steve d donaldson
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Curious to know how he is getting around licensing on these?

  4. Anthony
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Totally out of the blue, but I’m pretty sure Kris Bryant is going to be in Bowman D&P. He posted a picture on twitter.

  5. Matt
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Cool stuff

  6. Ben
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    That’s cool. I used to make cards like this when I was a kid. One in particular I made was a 1989 Topps Chris Sabo with the Topps Rookie Cup. I cut the image of Sabo and the Rookie Cup from two other Sabo cards and stuck them over top like this guy did except mine obviously had 3 images. It was a perfect card to use with the Sabo action shot on the far left of the card and was by far the favorite one I made.

  7. David Quinn
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    To Steve d: Licensing should not be a problem on these. Since his “ART Creations” are all one of a kinds. Now if he was to start making several hundred copies of just one of his pieces through a manufacturer. Then he would have to pay the athlete in question.

    On a related note I’ve seen some guys go even further in the past. They would 3, 4, 5, or more cards and create some amazing 3-D effects on cards that end up as much as 1inch or more thick.

  8. Paul
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of the 1991-92 Fleer basketball wrapper redemptions

  9. Card Opionator
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t Tri-Cards get shut down by the card companies? This was deemed, unlicensed?

  10. Robert Braxton
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Now THAT is cool!

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