Cory Matteson spoke to artists about their experiences designing baseball card art during the current trading card craze (which has also affected Pokémon TCG).
“The business model that I was running before was commission-based, one-to-one sales, so I’d be going out and trying to find people that want to buy my art,” [Blake] Jamieson said. “They pay me, I make a painting, I send it to them. And then I go find the next person. It’s cool; I’ve gotten to work with a lot of amazing people. But Topps put me on the licensing game where I could paint one thing, and then that art ends up in thousands of homes, or in the case of my Mike Trout card, like 75,000 homes, which is insane.”