04 July 2016

Sketch Card Week: Captain America by Mike Hartigan

I've been neglecting my sports card collection in favor of sketch cards lately. I still pick up plenty of sports cards, but a lot of the sports cards I try to pick up each year (Topps Series 1 set, Topps Series 2 set, Heritage base set + SP's, Archives base set, Stadium Club base set) have fallen by the wayside. I might get around to all that stuff at some point, I might try to chase some of that stuff but not all, or I might just write 2016 off as a lost year for my baseball collection. We'll see how it goes.

Anyway, I've been picking up some sketch cards for my collection. The market is absolutely flooded with sketch cards right now. That means prices are lower on a lot of sketches, and if you stalk the listings enough you can often even grab art from a high-demand artist at a discount. That's bad for artists, but good for collectors (at least until the artists get tired of getting low-balled and quit making cool art). I've got enough in my queue now that I can do a week of sketch card posts.

I'll kick this thing off with a very 4th of July-appropriate sketch of Captain America. This sketch card was done by artist Mike Hartigan for the 2015 Upper Deck Avengers: Age of Ultron set. I really like Hartigan's art style, and he's done a lot to make this card really pop, with the planes in the background, the spotlight cutting through the sky, and the details on Captain America himself. It's just a really cool illustration and I am pretty happy that I was able to get it for my collection. I'll definitely be looking for more Hartigan sketches in the future.


  1. Flooding the market might not be great for values... but it allows collectors like us to add beautiful pieces of artwork to our collection. Can't wait to see what other sketches you have in store for us.

    1. It is nice to be able to pick up plenty of good sketches under the $20 mark. Sketch Card Week is going to be over before it begins if I don't hurry and write a couple more posts for it. I spent my 4th of July doing things other than blogging.