The baseball cards Amelie Mancini makes are not exactly what fans are used to seeing. Sure, they contain player stats, but not the usual ones.
For example, did you know that shortstop and second baseman Clint Barmes fell and broke his collar bone while carrying a package of deer meat up a flight of stairs? Or that former outfielder Glenallen Hill reportedly scraped himself up after having a nightmare about spiders? Or that former pitcher John Smoltz allegedly burned himself while ironing a shirt...while he was still wearing it?
These strange but apparently true injuries are captured for posterity on a set of cards called "Left Field Cards,"and this, the first set, aptly titled "Bizarre Injuries." They are printed from Mancini's own linocuts onto letterpress paper.
"It's fun to have a quirky point of view," says Mancini from her home in Brooklyn. The artist, who moved from Lyon, France, in 2006, says she fell in love with baseball when she moved to the U.S. Her art reflects it--in addition to the cards she's done several paintings with baseball themes as well.