VENICE, CA, APRIL 1, 2013: Blik, the innovative maker of self-adhesive surface graphics, is joining forces with Brooklyn-based Left Field Cards to launch baseball graphics based on the company’s artisanal line of baseball cards. The collection is launching with Marvelous Moustaches, Pitching 101 and Throwback Uniforms.
1. Marvelous Moustaches includes the busts of six of players with their fantastic lady-ticklers: The Chevron, The Magnum, The Combo, The Painter's Brush, The Trucker and The Handle Bar. Marvelous Moustaches are sold individually.
2. Pitching 101 includes nine different ways pitchers grip the ball before releasing it. Learn how to pitch in nine steps. Sold in a single set: Sinker, Two-Seam Fastball, Cutter, Four-Seam Fastball, Forkball, Change-Up, Slider, Knuckleball and Curveball.
3. Throwback Uniforms is sold in a set of six with uniforms from every 25 years from 1875 to 2000. The set includes: 1875, 1900, 1925, 1950, 1975 and 2000.
Amelie Mancini, a French-born artist had never encountered a baseball card until a couple of years ago. She started Left Field Cards after having completed a series of seven large paintings about baseball. In October of 2011 she decided to combine her two passions, art and baseball, to create the first and only letterpress baseball cards. Last year, The Wall Street Journal referred to her as, “The Monet of Baseball Cards” and ESPN called Left Field Cards, “the coolest baseball cards of the year.”
“I wanted to offer baseball art that would be more affordable and easy to share than large paintings,” said Mancini. “I've been fascinated by baseball cards for some time and wanted to make my own. I like to make art that is playful and maybe a little odd and so I decided to go for funny themes like bizarre injuries or mustaches for my cards.”
The cards were an immediate hit and she’s begun working on broadening her line with more series, t-shirts, greeting cards and now a collaboration with Blik.
“We love baseball and wanted to celebrate opening day in an artful way that related to the history of this great American pastime," said Blik co-founder Scott Flora. "There are a number of sport-themed decal options and we wanted to do something more creative than photorealism with our first sports-related wall graphics.”
Continued Flora, "Our goal with the Left Field Cards line was to make a product that baseball fans and art fans would want to put in their home or office. And Amelie's style fits perfectly with Blik's sensibility. We were drawn to her simple illustrations and her witty and playful style.
For Manicini, “Turning my art from paintings or prints into wall graphics seemed like a natural transition and I'm really happy to have found in Blik such a cool and creative partner!”
The Blik x Left Field Cards collection is now available at whatisblik.com. High-res image are available please contact Heather@whatisblik.com
ABOUT LEFT FIELD CARDS: Amelie Mancini is a French-born painter and printmaker. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. She moved to New York in 2006 and didn't know what a curveball was until a couple of friends took her to Shea Stadium one evening of 2007. The Mets lost that night to the Phillies, but Amelie fell hard for America's national pastime, becoming increasingly obsessed with the game and eventually making it one of the center themes of her work. Fascinated by baseball cards, she decided to print her own and started Left Field Cards in 2011. For more information, please visit Left Field Cards
and to see Amelie's paintings visit AmelieMancini.com
ABOUT BLIK:: For 10 years, Blik has been the leading designer and maker of innovative self-adhesive, removable surface graphics. Co-founded in Venice, CA in 2002 by architect Scott Flora and food editor Jerinne Neils, Blik is an exploration into the concept of the "wall as canvas." Today, through groundbreaking production methods, original design and collaboration with such brands as Threadless, Upper Playground, Atari, Sanrio, Keith Haring Estate, Nintendo and Charles & Ray Eames, Blik is an I.D. Magazine Product Design Distinction Award Winner and participated in the esteemed Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial. In 2010, Blik was named as one of Entrepreneur's Top 10 Brilliant Companies. The full Blik product line is available online and at retailers worldwide. For more information, please visit