LaVern Brock: The Baseball Card-ist
Recently, David Moye of AOL News introduced the world to a man who doesn't use paint to create a masterpiece. LaVern Brock, a 43-year old San Diego artist uses cards to create one of a kind works of art.
Back in 2000, Brock created his first piece of baseball card art as a tribute to his favorite player, San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn. When Gwynn finally saw the piece, he spent 10 minutes pointing out all the players he knew within the piece of art.
At the time, it didn't occur to Brock that cutting baseball cards and piecing them together on a canvas would end up going anywhere. Fast forward to today and his services are both lucrative and in high demand, he receives on average $5,000 for each piece of his Baseball Card art.
Early on, his services were sought after by Red Sox nation, but like any cool sports collectible, news spread. Today he recieves requests from fans accross the entire nation, not just Red Sox nation.
The one rule he has is to never use the same card twice, other than that, he's very accomidating to even the most demanding sports fan. A Mets' fan once requested that Tom Seaver cards be excluded, not because he wanted to preserve the cards, but because he simply hated the Mets legendary pitcher.
Currently, LaVern Brock offers three types of baseball card art:
- Jersey Pictures
- Player Pictures
- Team Logo Pictures
LaVerne Brock works on a request by request basis. Check out his website for more information.