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.

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242 comments

  1. David Johnson 18 January, 2012 at 11:16

    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. J.R. 18 January, 2012 at 16:51

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

    Also, Peter Max!

  3. Mike Sopp 18 January, 2012 at 17:26

    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!

  4. Betty Jobinski 18 January, 2012 at 17:26

    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.

  5. Eric Brookhouser 18 January, 2012 at 17:27

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

  6. Mary Ann Wasielewski 18 January, 2012 at 17:37

    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 .

  7. Jenn 18 January, 2012 at 17:37

    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!

  8. Jim vrabel 18 January, 2012 at 17:47

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

  9. Nicole Brugger 18 January, 2012 at 18:01

    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.

  10. Bonnie Matthews 18 January, 2012 at 18:37

    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!

  11. David Boudreau 18 January, 2012 at 18:47

    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.

  12. Paula Bell 18 January, 2012 at 18:48

    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

  13. Stacey Wodecki 18 January, 2012 at 19:19

    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!

  14. Jim Noonan 18 January, 2012 at 19:22

    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

  15. Todd Warden 18 January, 2012 at 19:33

    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.

  16. Nick Sleptzoff 18 January, 2012 at 19:34

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

  17. Jeff Jobczynski 18 January, 2012 at 19:45

    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.

  18. Big D 18 January, 2012 at 20:11

    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

  19. Thomas Lindway 18 January, 2012 at 20:11

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

  20. Amanda Conley 18 January, 2012 at 20:14

    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

  21. Danielle Calabrese 18 January, 2012 at 20:19

    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

  22. thad jensen 18 January, 2012 at 20:25

    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…

  23. Mel Gray 18 January, 2012 at 20:26

    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 :)

  24. Scott S 18 January, 2012 at 20:27

    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.

  25. Steph 18 January, 2012 at 20:42

    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!

  26. Robert E 18 January, 2012 at 20:58

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

  27. John Hirz 18 January, 2012 at 21:09

    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.

  28. Steve Murray 18 January, 2012 at 21:22

    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.

  29. Adam 18 January, 2012 at 21:38

    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!!!

  30. Marco westhartford 18 January, 2012 at 21:53

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

  31. Troy Tashima 18 January, 2012 at 23:58

    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

  32. Zack Loper 19 January, 2012 at 05:43

    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.

  33. Dennis 19 January, 2012 at 07:13

    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!

  34. Rachael Jiuliante 19 January, 2012 at 07:24

    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!

  35. David Simich 19 January, 2012 at 09:04

    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!!!

  36. Lance Harwell 19 January, 2012 at 09:11

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

  37. Eric Bennett 19 January, 2012 at 11:10

    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.

  38. Mindy Watson 19 January, 2012 at 11:26

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

  39. Karen Landsberger 19 January, 2012 at 12:31

    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!:)

  40. Nicole Tellem 19 January, 2012 at 13:26

    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.

  41. Greg 19 January, 2012 at 13:27

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

  42. Sara 19 January, 2012 at 13:30

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

  43. Will Schneider 19 January, 2012 at 13:32

    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.

  44. Dylan Thomas 19 January, 2012 at 13:33

    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.

  45. Kenji Takabayashi 19 January, 2012 at 13:42

    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.

  46. Matthew Gilman 19 January, 2012 at 14:01

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

  47. Kyle Banister 19 January, 2012 at 14:04

    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.

  48. Herb Bernstein 19 January, 2012 at 14:22

    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.

  49. Paul Lempa 19 January, 2012 at 14:53

    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.

  50. Bret Boylan 19 January, 2012 at 14:57

    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!

  51. Monty Sheldon 19 January, 2012 at 14:58

    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.

  52. j connors 19 January, 2012 at 15:12

    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.

  53. ryan weatherford 19 January, 2012 at 15:15

    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

  54. Kristen Hart 19 January, 2012 at 15:19

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

  55. mia murphy 19 January, 2012 at 15:42

    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.

  56. melisa ward 19 January, 2012 at 15:47

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

  57. kevin Murphy 19 January, 2012 at 15:48

    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

  58. Ray Groll 19 January, 2012 at 16:06

    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 !

  59. Jon Snyder 19 January, 2012 at 16:22

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

  60. Caralyner 19 January, 2012 at 16:25

    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

  61. Arlene 19 January, 2012 at 16:29

    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.

  62. Arlene 19 January, 2012 at 16:35

    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
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  63. A Shoer 19 January, 2012 at 17:19

    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.

  64. Annmarie Jiuliante 19 January, 2012 at 17:39

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

  65. Troy C 19 January, 2012 at 17:54

    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!

  66. Paul Roberti 19 January, 2012 at 18:05

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

  67. Ed 19 January, 2012 at 18:06

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

  68. Ed 19 January, 2012 at 18:08

    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.

  69. Dan Brown 19 January, 2012 at 18:18

    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!

  70. Johnny 19 January, 2012 at 18:20

    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.

  71. Toby 19 January, 2012 at 18:26

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

  72. Shivani 19 January, 2012 at 20:08

    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.

  73. Paul Eckel 19 January, 2012 at 20:35

    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”.

  74. Howard Chernick 19 January, 2012 at 21:35

    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.

  75. Jon Tittle 19 January, 2012 at 22:07

    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.

  76. Mark in STL 19 January, 2012 at 22:26

    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.

  77. PN 19 January, 2012 at 23:44

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

  78. Corky 19 January, 2012 at 23:59

    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.

  79. Alexandra D 20 January, 2012 at 16:26

    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.

  80. Robert Klevens 20 January, 2012 at 16:31

    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.

  81. Lucette 20 January, 2012 at 16:39

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

  82. Gigi 20 January, 2012 at 16:56

    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.

  83. Hannah Parsons 20 January, 2012 at 17:25

    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!!

  84. Euric 20 January, 2012 at 17:31

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

  85. Katie 20 January, 2012 at 17:53

    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.

  86. Ed 20 January, 2012 at 17:58

    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.

  87. Michele 20 January, 2012 at 18:14

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

  88. marissa gilberg 20 January, 2012 at 18:32

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

  89. Mike Carbonaro 20 January, 2012 at 18:44

    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.

  90. Justin 20 January, 2012 at 18:54

    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.

  91. Jeff Phillips Kinchleys 20 January, 2012 at 18:58

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

  92. Bob Sinkevitch 20 January, 2012 at 20:18

    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.

  93. Peggy Ehrhardt 20 January, 2012 at 22:03

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

  94. Jennifer C. 21 January, 2012 at 12:32

    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.

  95. Michelle Henschel 21 January, 2012 at 13:03

    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*

  96. Marc Colontonio 21 January, 2012 at 13:41

    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

  97. Michelle Henschel 21 January, 2012 at 13:47

    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*

  98. Randy 21 January, 2012 at 14:51

    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.

  99. Wendy Parsons 21 January, 2012 at 16:40

    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!!!

  100. Erica 21 January, 2012 at 16:51

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

  101. Marge Lawrence 21 January, 2012 at 16:56

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

  102. chrisolds 21 January, 2012 at 17:04

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

  103. David Kimura 21 January, 2012 at 20:05

    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

  104. Johnny Bryan 22 January, 2012 at 13:28

    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!!!

  105. Dana DR 22 January, 2012 at 18:20

    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!

  106. Bruce McCallum 22 January, 2012 at 19:27

    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!

  107. Susie Snyder 22 January, 2012 at 19:33

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

  108. George Godlin 22 January, 2012 at 20:55

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

  109. Brett A. Blair 23 January, 2012 at 09:18

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

  110. Jason Yoder 23 January, 2012 at 10:09

    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!

  111. Phil Chu 23 January, 2012 at 10:33

    – 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….

  112. Helen Lee 23 January, 2012 at 10:40

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

  113. Chad Yoder 23 January, 2012 at 10:53

    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.

  114. Molly Wescoat 23 January, 2012 at 23:09

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

  115. john marshfield 24 January, 2012 at 10:52

    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.

  116. Laura 24 January, 2012 at 17:14

    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.

  117. V Auggy 24 January, 2012 at 22:05

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

  118. Tom Panas 25 January, 2012 at 09:40

    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.

  119. Neil 25 January, 2012 at 10:42

    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/

  120. Elayne 26 January, 2012 at 19:54

    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!

  121. Sean 26 January, 2012 at 20:42

    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.

  122. Ron 27 January, 2012 at 06:52

    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.

  123. susan coolbaugh 27 January, 2012 at 21:14

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

  124. Tracy L. Carpenter 28 January, 2012 at 07:19

    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!!!

  125. Jen Montes 28 January, 2012 at 15:36

    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.

  126. Kevin St. J 28 January, 2012 at 18:17

    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.

  127. James burzynki 28 January, 2012 at 19:36

    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…

  128. Adam R. 28 January, 2012 at 21:01

    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.

  129. Phillipa Spencer 29 January, 2012 at 00:13

    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.

  130. Don Pedicini Jr. 3 February, 2012 at 16:05

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

  131. Peter Clarke 15 February, 2012 at 05:59

    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!!!

  132. Larry kunzleman 31 July, 2012 at 22:44

    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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