It’s definitely the most 2020 Topps Project 2020 card to date.
The latest effort in the 400-card series pairs a famous nickname with current events and some of the proceeds will go to help others.
Artist Eric “Efdot” Friedensohn has given Dwight Gooden’s rookie card his own touch, one that puts a surgical mask on the pitcher known as Dr. K for his propensity to make hitters miss, especially early in his career.
The idea was no accident. Friedensohn told CBS New York that he consulted with the former Mets and Yankees ace who decided the timing was right to put Doc right in the middle of the day’s headlines. The card went on sale Tuesday through Topps’ website and will be available until late Thursday morning. As is the case with all Topps Project 2020 cards, the price is $19.99 (less in quantity). Some of the proceeds will be donated to United Way NYC’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
“This felt like a great opportunity to bring awareness to the pandemic, and its ongoing effect on our society in 2020,” Friedensohn told the station. “The spreading of the virus in New York especially, is still a serious issue, and yet people are getting more relaxed in their habits and interactions. Literally every doctor is recommending that we wear masks and take precautions, and Dr. K agrees!”
The card has Gooden’s number 16 and the Mets script logo on the mask.
Loving the new Project 2020 Dr K card designed by @EfdotStudio. It reminds me of our healthcare heroes who deserve our appreciation!
— Dwight Gooden (@DocGooden16) June 30, 2020
As for that little number 7 on the right border…
The 7 Train that takes you from Manhattan to Queens, to the old Shea Stadium! 🚊 pic.twitter.com/CX28FALaQE
— Efdot ✍️ (@EfdotStudio) June 30, 2020
The Gooden card was released at the same time Topps dropped a new Roberto Clemente card in the Project 2020 series. The two can be ordered together through Topps.
Most Project 2020 cards offered over the past couple of months have sold at least 5,000 copies.