Among the best-kept secrets in the world of baseball card collecting is the recent development of beautiful, hand-made baseball art cards. This author's favorites are made by the Helmar Brewing Company. Helmar president Charles Mandel states, "Helmar cards are printed on paper stock consistent with the most treasured card sets of the late 19th century, and early 20th century. Our cards are hand-distressed and treated, to give them a worn, well-loved look and feel, and a fresh, unique scent. We've hit a homer if it seems as if you are holding a vintage card in your hands.
"All the original art is painted by our team. You won't find it anywhere else. Our graphic artists choose the perfect poses and colors. We spend almost as much time creating the backs of the cards as the fronts. For our cards that display player information on the backs, our writers strive to create descriptions that transport you to the time of the player's career. Everything we do is a time-gobbling labor of baseball-card love."
For anyone who appreciates an earlier period of baseball history, you may want to look at these cards. This sampling displays players who were contemporaries of Wee Willie Sherdel. The production of each card is limited to only a few per year. To investigate the Helmar cards further, please click on the button above.