Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The 1908 Chicago Cubs World Series Star Players -- Octavine Style

I recently received a commission to make a set of notecards of the 1908 Chicago World Series Star players Joe Tinker, Frank Chance and Johnny Evers. They made up the best infield combination in the Cubs history and are on the 1908 Chicago Cubs roster. Using baseball cards from the turn of the century as my inspiration, I drew the players from photographs I found and using each players' original card I copied his autograph to make my own vintage style baseball cards.

Enjoying this project and appreciating the end result, I created a series of the three Chicago Cubs players available both as screenprinted, hand-painted notecards and Moleskine journals. Immediately I had an enthusiastic response from Cubs fans throughout the country.

Thus I decided to begin an entire line of vintage sports players. However, I am not a sports fan. So I implore you all for help! I am open to all sports and players prior to 1960. If you have any ideas, leave them in the comments section. Any and all assistance will be most greatly appreciated.

In other news, I am still looking for a house. I stubbornly decided to not begin packing until I am secure in my next situation, so you can imagine my stress level. It is not real yet and I refuse to make it so until I can visualize something else. And I have an enormous amount of crap; rather unbelievable and extremely daunting. But I am looking at houses tomorrow and feel very optimistic. Fingers are crossed.

Oh, and the notecards (available as a set of six or single cards) and Moleskines journals are available in my Etsy shop. If you have any Chicago history buffs or Cubs enthusiasts in your circle feel free to pass this on!

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Mich said...

I'm not a sports fan, either, so I can't help you out there! However, I want to tell you your work is incredible! I love your journals!

tangobaby said...

Well, this is a fun project. I will show these to my bf, he's a lifelong baseball fan and seems to love the old-timey stuff about the sport especially.

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Holy crap! I want one! Mr. Crafty's birthday present was tickets to a Cubs game at Wrigley field.

These are gorgeous. I love the muted colors.

cindy : quaint said...

your illustrations are wonderful! baseball is so different now a days. good luck house hunting!

LeaKarts said...

Those are great! I used to really love baseball as a kid. Now the only sport I like is the roller derby :)

Still wishing you the best of luck with the house!

Kayla coo said...

Thanks for your lovely comment,great to see you have a blog.
I think your work is fab!

please sir said...

I'm not a sports fan, but these are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Great illustrations! :) I am off to go take a peep of your journals! :)

heidi said...

DH sez: Jackie Robinson.

Courtney said...

These are great (although my dad and brothers would be appalled to hear me say that-- I come from a long line of White Sox fans!)

Jenn said...

Very, very cool. I love your limited use of colors it adds so much to the effect. Baseball is a great sport to focus on, has that all American feel. How about the Women's League?? That could be very cool!

Good luck with the move, hopefully its going smoothly :)

This Makes My Day said...

Wonderful cards you created, very impressive! I also like to have some of these! They look great with your even so great Octavine Style!

Mary-Laure said...

Baseball is not just a sport, it's part of the American mystique. I love those cards!

Rowena said...

What a great project. I'm not a sports fan, but I am from the Bronx, so I would say some Yankees... Babe Ruth era. I mean, come on, they named a candy bar after him.

Anonymous said...

The Cubs should be competitive enough to keep pace with the others teams. I really like the Cubs . They’ve always been one of my favourite MLB teams to watch. I pass most time watching and looking for their news and videos. Last time I saw some hot videos of them here:

They really deserve our love so we must not stop supporting them .Go Go Cubs

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