Alex Pardee Topps Baseball Cards: Famous Players as Monsters

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Alex Pardee Topps baseball cards of famous MLB players as monsters.

Predator, werewolf, malignant tumor, just your usual Topps and Alex Pardee baseball cards.
Picture: Alex Pardee/Topps

We’re willing to bet that whether or not you think about baseball, or baseball cards, it’s cool, you probably think monsters are cool. Who doesn’t think monsters are cool? What if an artist took a bunch of famous baseball players and illustrated them as really awesome, creepy, scary monsters to put on baseball cards, well, you’d probably think that’s cool too.

We at least hope so because that is exactly what happened. The artist in question is Alex Pardee, best known for his detailed, stringy, bright art that’s generally spooky and spooky even if it’s something cute. This year, Pardee was recruited by Topps to help with a project called Project 70, an initiative celebrating the 70th anniversary of the company in which artists create unique baseball cards which could never have existed. Modern players on old designs, old players on new designs, or sometimes players if they were the Predator, a zombie or a skeleton.

Matching players to a monster was rarely easy. Sometimes, like New York Mets star Pete Alonso, it was. It is already called “the polar bear”. But for most of the others, Pardee had to dive deep. “For the most part, the ‘monster application’ of the design literally happened when I was drawing the cards,” Pardee told io9. “I was researching photos of them, or reading their wiki pages, or watching highlight reels, and sometimes ideas would pop up.”

So you get a stellar third baseman like Pittsburgh Pirates star Ke’bryan Hayes with a ton of arms like a spider. A double threat like Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani as clever-esque set of conjoined twins, and so on. “I started researching current/modern players and found there are some really FUN players out there now,” Pardee said. “Young players who really look like they’re having an amazing time playing. Players like Ronald Acuna Jr, Fernando Tatis Jr and Pete Alonso were all smiling in the highlight videos as they dominated those games. I’ve so decided I wanted to do about half older players and half modern players.

io9 exclusively reveals Pardee’s card for Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. right here for the first time. Just click on the next slide to see it, followed by the rest of the series so far, which will include two more maps that have yet to be released. For more information, you can visit Topps.com or @alexpardee on Twitter Where instagram.

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