Keith Shore is bringing whimsy to card collecting

Plus, just why is Rex Hudler hugging that pole?

August 9th, 2021

Ever wish you weren't at work, but were instead lovingly flipping through your binders of baseball cards? Ever find yourself hoping that you could be at the card shop, ripping through new boxes of product, instead of on your couch watching House Hunters for the 343rd time? Well, you're in luck: While we can't get your local card shop to offer extended hours, we can give you the next best thing.

That would be MLB's Carded, a show available to MLB.TV subscribers that is devoted entirely to baseball cards. Every episode touches on what makes the hobby so fun and addicting, with celebrities dishing on their collections, former players revealing their favorite cards, and in-depth looks into the newest offerings from the industry.

The third episode dropped just in time for this past weekend's National Baseball Card day. Whether you made it to the shop and your wallet is lighter and your binders are thicker, or you missed out entirely, we've got you covered. First up, Topps gives the scoop on all the activities. Mark your calendars for next year's holiday now:

Have you ever wondered what kind of security a gem mint 1952 Mickey Mantle receives? At this year's All-Star Game in Colorado, one of the most expensive cards in collecting history was on display, and it earned the treatment that a Leonardo Da Vinci or Pablo Picasso painting would get:

Mark DeRosa dropped in to do a pack rip ... and to reveal how much he hates the final card of his career:

And Rex Hudler explained just why he has a baseball card where he's grinning like a cheshire cat while latched onto a dugout pole:

Finally, there's the main event: Artist Keith Shore came on the show to discuss his artistic process and the cards he's made for Topps Project 70, as well as his own 41-card set based on Ken Griffey Jr.'s 1989 Bowman.

You may have first seen Shore's designs on Mikkeller beer cans and bottles, where his colorfully simple-yet-detailed designs easily stand out amidst crowded coolers. That approach has helped make him a star on the baseball card circuit, as his whimsical creations have inspired childlike joy from collectors who have ordered Pete Alonso polar bear cards or Max Scherzer "Teen Wolf" ones.

Shore gave a little insight into his process on the show:

If you want to be the first to watch the next episode of "Carded," then subscribe to MLB.TV. Until then, we'll see you in the card shop.