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Vendor Spotlight: Offbeat All Stars Card Art

One vendor at the May 22 Madison Card Show will have a unique twist on sports trading cards. Bryan Born, known as Offbeat All Stars, is from Madison, Wisconsin, and will be offering up card art. He blends multiple cards together to create one-of-a-kind stat backs cards.

Bryan began collecting cards as a kid in 1990. Basketball was the sport of choice as he entered the hobby.

My dad would go into the gas station to pay for gas. He would come back with $0.50 packs of NBA Hoops. I was immediately hooked. Searching for Milwaukee Bucks players and of course Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the rest of the 90s Bulls. I would collect off and on until 2003 when I really got back into it.

Bryan Born, a.k.a. offbeat all stars

When Lebron James emerged in the NBA in 2003, it sucked Bryan back into the card world, but as with many other collectors of the era life pulls us away. It would be another 15 years before he came out of hobby hibernation.

It wasn’t baseball or basketball cards that had Bryan’s attention. Topps’ card art, Project 2020, captured his interest. As he did some research on the card art scene, Bryan discovered card artists HeavyJ28 and R.P. Bailey on Twitter. He was also drawn to Project 2020 artist Blake Jamieson.

Michael Jordan card art by Offbeat All Stars

This spurred his direction in collecting to card art, but creating his own moreso than collecting. Through chatting with fellow card artist R.P. Bailey, he found his path as a card art creator: Stat Backs.

Don Mattingly Stat Back Card Art by Offbeat All Stars

I try to fill the backgound of each card with as many stats as I can but really enjoy getting creative with the card backs that are out there. 1993 Leaf comes to mind.

bryan born, a.k.a. offbeat all stars

To see more of Bryan’s work, check out the Offbeat All Stars guest card art store at Matthew Lee Rosen’s website.

Bryan will be offering his unique, one-of-a-kind stat backs card art at the next Madison Card Show on May 22. Visit his booth at the Madison Sheraton at 706 John Nolen Drive from 9:00 to 3:00. Admission is only $1 and vendor tables are available for $50. For tables contact Johnny (608) 571-9994 or Beau (309) 945-8986.

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.


Published by Beau Thompson

Beau Thompson is co-promoter of the Madison Card Show. Email: Phone: (309) 945-8986

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