Artwork and trading cards have a long history. Go back to the earliest days of the hobby and you'll find plenty of sets that rely on art. Over time, that gave way to photographs becoming the go-to medium for images. So when a set that uses paintings comes along, it stands out. 2013 Topps Museum Collection Football Canvas Collection is one such set.
An insert in the high-end 2013 Topps Museum Collection Football, the 25-card checklist includes a mix of Hall of Famers, current superstars and standout rookies.
All cards have a close-up portrait painted by James Henry Smith (who also painted the image that's used on the Museum Collection box). Smith was also one of the contributors to the similar Canvas Collection insert set found in 2013 Topps Museum Collection Baseball.
As the name implies, the cards are done on a canvas-like stock. Combine that with the somewhat intricate borders and you've got a card that's similar to the Upper Deck Masterpieces lines that were most prominent in 2007 and 2008.
Besides the basic 2013 Topps Museum Collection Football Canvas Collection cards, there are 34 Canvas Collection Originals. These feature original artwork from Smith done directly on the card. In addition to players on the main checklist, other Originals include Cordarrelle Patterson, Cam Newton and Marshawn Lynch.
You can see the entire set of 2013 Topps Museum Collection Football Canvas Collection cards below. We've also included a checklist complete with team info.
2013 Topps Museum Collection Football Canvas Collection Gallery
2013 Topps Museum Collection Football Canvas Collection Checklist
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CC-2 Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys
CC-3 Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams
CC-4 Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rmas
CC-5 Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders
CC-6 Bo Jackson, Los Angeles Raiders
CC-7 Steve Largent, Seattle Seahawks
CC-8 Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers
CC-9 Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions
CC-10 John Elway, Denver Broncos
CC-11 Deion Sanders, Atlanta Falcons
CC-12 Geno Smith, New York Jets
CC-13 E.J. Manuel, Buffalo Bills
CC-15 Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
CC-16 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
CC-17 Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
CC-18 Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
CC-19 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
CC-20 Calvin Johnson Jr., Detroit Lions
CC-21 Tom Brady, New England Patriots
CC-22 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
CC-23 Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
CC-24 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
CC-25 Andre Johnson, Houston Texans