The ultimate Evan Longoria collectible

February 25, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Random | 3 Comments

Check out this amazing oil painting of Evan Longoria, entitled “Unleashed” from artist Justyn Farano:


It was on display at Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s Baseball Dinner at Tropicana Field last night.  The painting was personally autographed by Longoria with “08 ROY”.  This would look absolutely amazing in my living room, but my wife would never go for it.  The artist’s web page has more details about the painting, but it says “Call for Pricing”.  I think it’s safe to assume that it’s well out of my price range.

The same artist also has done paintings of many other athletes, including several members of the Boston Red Sox, and you can check them out here.  I think that they all look great.  These paintings definitely blows Topps sketch cards out of the water, don’t they?

And speaking of sketch cards – the “sketches” on most of the cards that I’ve seen look horrible.  I’ve seen better artistic quality in some high school art classes…



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  1. I just called Sports Art Illustrated because I was curious. I got an answering machine. I didn’t leave my name or number. I might try again later.

  2. Mr. Farano called me back shortly. I guess he has Caller ID. I identified myself as interested, but upon hearing his price said that the original was not in my budget.


    He said that he is working on a deal that would produce a numbered Gicleé of the original. Yeah, I didn’t know what that meant, either. The Gicleés would either be a 33 or 50 print run. Cost of the Gicleés would be $1,000.

    Please, visit Mr. Farano’s site, Sports Art Illustrated. Some amazing works of art.

    The original is very nice, but it is outside of my budget. The Gicleés are, as well.

    I just like saying Gicleé.

  3. Dang, thats nice! And I totally aggree with you about those sketch cards Dave!

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