Barrie sports artist raising funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Jamie Thomas has done four cards of Jackie Robinson

A Barrie man is one of more than 75 artists, makers and small retailers participating in an online benefit sales event for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, MO.

Jamie Thomas has done four trading cards for the event. Each one is of Jackie Robinson, and when put together form one larger piece called “Breaking Barriers.”

Picture: Jamie Thomas

Thomas, who works full time at Napoleon, said Robinson is an incredible human being.

“The guy’s gone through such adversity to become the first African-American Major League Baseball player, and I thought, who better to put in a larger piece and offer to the public.”

In light of the racial tension south of the border and this being the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, Thomas said it is something he had to be a part of.

Each trading card is two and half inches by three and a half inches, hand painted and drawn on that actual card.

“It’s an original piece of work.” said Thomas. “It’s not ever going to be reproduced.”

The “Breaking Barriers” piece took four days to paint.

Thomas is honoured to be a part of an event that features artists and business owners that span the globe from Asia, Europe and North America.

“I’m so proud and so humbled to be a part of that. There’s a lot of incredible artists that are part of the whole initiative, and just to be especially one of the few Canadian artists is really what I’m proud of.”

Picture: Jamie Thomas

In order to get the “Breaking Barriers” piece, you have to buy all four cards.

Thomas said his goal is to raise as much money as possible for the museum.

Established in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.

The online benefit sales event continues until Oct. 10th.

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