This is artist Mike Noren. He's a Chicagoan, and a baseball, music and pop culture fan with a unique, fun style. If you're a fan of 1970s and 80s baseball, his work might strike a chord with you, as it has me. Note: I'm just a fan of his work, not getting paid to promote him or anything - thought some board members would enjoy his creations.
Mike's pet project, Gummy Arts, brings back tons of memories for those who busted 25 and 50 cent Topps packs back in the day. His Instagram and Twitter feeds are must follows for fans of that era's cardboard. I love seeing Mike's artwork for the day's baseball birthdays on these feeds. His cartoonish style coupled with the designs of my childhood always put a smile on my face.
In 2018, Mike issued 9-card packs of 51 of his works. It can be hard to get these packs, as they often sell out soon after he announces a batch is available via his Twitter account, and he doesn't make a lot of them. I recently got lucky and was able to order a couple of packs. The cards themselves are printed and hand cut to resemble well-loved cards, with irregular borders and roughed up corners. It's all part of the throwback feel of collecting when not everything was about perfect condition cards and toploaders. They arrive in a belly-banded pack. The backs are blank, save for a small Gummy Arts stamp. Each pack includes a 10th card checklist. There's a subset of "Famous Baseball Fights" - I got a Tommy Lasorda - Phillie Phanatic one and I first discovered Mike because of his Pedro Martinez - Don Zimmer fight card listed on eBay. Here's what two packs yielded me:
Anyway, I encourage you to check out and subscribe to Mike's feeds - and hope they bring you as much joy as they do for me. And here's a few links to articles about Mike and his project you might enjoy:
If anyone has bought Gummy Arts cards and is interested in trading, let me know.