Propaganda Posters Headed for 09 Topps Update

A small, but creative niche we first showed you in 2007 has blossomed.

Mini versions of baseball artist Chris Speakman’s propaganda posters are being inserted into 2009 Topps Updates and Highlights.

Chris Speakman in his studio When we interviewed him for this feature story in 2007, Red Sox fan and artist Chris Speakman was just getting started with his unique brand of baseball art.

A devoted history buff, Speakman used the World War II era "propaganda poster" as the inspiration for his own creations. Focusing on the recent success of his favorite franchise, Speakman found an audience for his special prints, created with a chemical process that involves adding layers of individual colors atop one another.

"Each color requires a separate screen to print from," Speakman explained in the article. "From there, ink is actually pressed through a stretched mesh screen with a stencil adhered to it to create an image on the paper."

"It was more of an experiment than anything. I was familiarizing myself with the medium. I put it on MySpace and received a surprisingly good response. I decided to do more."

{mosimage}Now, Speakman’s work is about to find a new and much more targeted audience.

He’s agreed to a deal with Topps to produce a special 30-card insert in 2009 Topps Updates and Highlights. His 17×21" prints are already available in the Topps online store, numbered to 200 and priced at a very reasonable $60 each.

Topps Updates and Highlights will be available sometime next week. You can check prices on boxes, cases and complete sets now via eBay pre-sales.