Mark McGwire Project 2020 Quest
If you are not familiar with the Topps Project 2020 program, it is a print on demand program by Topps where 20 contemporary artists have been commissioned to give their artistic interpretations of 20 Iconic Topps rookie cards. To my delight, Topps chose the 1987 Mark McGwire rookie card as one of the 20 iconic cards. At first notice, I decided to put together the McGwire set for my personal collection, and I am using this opportunity to catalog my progress.
To begin with, I am showing the original 1987 Topps Mark McGwire rookie card. This is our baseline comparison. This is important, because some of the artist have taken huge liberties in their artistic interpretations.
The Topps Project 2020 Mark McGwire Cards
1. Mark McGwire Card #17
Print Run: 1456
My Take: The Efdot rendition was the first McGwire in the set to be released. In the Topps presell pics this card appeared to be lighter in color, and was a slight disappointment when it first arrived. But, once in hand, the uniqueness of the card can be appreciated and one can focus on its other interesting aspects. I personally like the background shapes and colors used by the artist. Furthermore, the addition of the small batter image in the corner adds something new to the card. Purists may not like the addition of the batter image, but I feel that it is well placed and looks as if it could be part of the original card.
Additional Production Notes: All of the Project 2020 cards have Artist Proof cards limited to 20 copies. It is also reported that there are one of one (1/1) copies for each card. However, to my knowledge, the 1/1 for this card has not surfaced. In addition to the manufacturer short prints, there are nine artist autographed copies of this card. The authentic artist autographed copies will be in a standard magnetic case with a unique holographic sticker sealing the card into the case as shown below.
1. Mark McGwire Card #28
Artist: Keith Shore
Print Run: 1199
My Take: It’s interesting how things work. At first glance, I thought my quest for a McGwire Project 2020 set was done with the second card. But, as I found myself staring at the image over and over again, I realized that I liked this card. I like it a lot. Every time I see this card it brings a smile to my face. I love the goofy looking McGwire, but I sometimes find looking at the funny fans in the background more fascinating. This in my opinion is what art is about, and think what you want of the card, but I love it.
Additional Production Notes: This card has the standard 20 Artist Proofs, and supposedly a 1/1, however it has not surfaced. Also, the Keith Shore McGwire card has the lowest print run of all the McGwire Project 2020 cards.