Friday, May 15, 2020

2020 Topps Project 2020 -- Sandy Koufax by Fucci

One of the more exciting things about Topps' Project 2020 is discovering these artist. After all, we all know who these ballplayers are, but how many of these artistic collaborators have you ever run across? For most of us the answers is "never," so I find it refreshing that a hobby we all love is willing to take us on a creative adventure.

Featured above is the Sandy Koufax card created by Toronto-based pop artist Fucci. As you can see, it bears no resemblance to Sandy's actual rookie card. Instead, we see a portrait-styled minimalist drawing, using bright vibrant colors and a faceless caricature of the Hall of Fame pitcher.

Why faceless? Fucci answered this in an interview from 2016, via Kelsey Adams at Fader:
The faceless thing comes from the fact that I never enjoyed drawing faces. I felt I sucked at it and they’d always come out looking weird. I feel like also it makes it more relatable for anyone — if you put a face on a character that turns into someone familiar or maybe something completely unfamiliar. Having it faceless you can envision whatever you want out of it.
In a way, his faceless aesthetic on these Topps Baseball cards is his way of humanizing a ballplayer who are heroes to many.

Go here to check it out and order from Topps online. A complete checklist of all the cards in the set can be found here. The reverse of the card is on the right. BTW, you can check out some of Fucci's work on his Instagram here: @Fucci. His store can be found here.

Above is a look at the three other Fucci cards created for Topps. Below is a current Sandy Koufax checklist of Topps Project 2020 cards with their corresponding artist and print runs. This is both the fourth Koufax card and Fucci creation to be released so far:
  • #2 -- Jacob Rochester -- (link here) 1,135 print run
  • #36 -- Oldmanalan -- (link here) 2,488 print run
  • #49 -- Andrew Thiel -- (link here) 2,149 print run

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