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Market Square Day 2009

June 15, 2009

Collected Studio set up shop in downtown Portsmouth for Market Square Day 2009 and what a fun time we had! The weather was a perfect 76 degrees and sunny with a crowd of 60,000 plus people in attendance. Annie and I arrived around 6AM to get things set up and had a steady stream of people filter through from 9 to 4pm. We met lots of terrific people who were very excited and supportive of our artwork. At one point we even had a flock of sorority girls singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in our booth… don’t ask me how that happened… so all in all it was an interesting and fun filled day. Here are some pics!

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Wild Animals Postcard Table

June 11, 2009

Today I finished work on an occasional table that I stained in deep walnut, and made a collage top using postcards of wild animals. I found the set of postcards at a shop in Concord, MA a year ago and probably had no idea at the time I’d be using them for this. The cards are made by Cavallini & Co. of San Francisco and feature several animals from around the world.

I’m pleased how this table turned out, and will bring it along to our booth at Market Square Day on Saturday. Maybe someone will have just the right spot for it in their home.



Visit Collected at Market Square Day 2009

June 7, 2009

I’m excited to announce that Collected Studio will be taking part in Market Square Day in Portsmouth, NH next Saturday, June 13th. Market Square Day is a festival which includes local foods, music, a 10K road race and booths featuring local merchants and artists.

Annie and I have been working hard coming up with all sorts of new items such as the Yankees Baseball Card Toilet Seat featured on my previous post, baseball card collage tables, mirrors, and one-of-a-kind Father’s Day cards! Our booth will be located near G. Willikers across from the corner of Ladd Street and Market Street. Drop by and say hello!

Annie's rendering of our booth!

Annie's rendering of our booth!

New York Yankees Baseball Card Toilet Seat

June 5, 2009

This Father’s Day why not give ol’ pop something he can really sit down and relax on? Of course I’m talking about a (Insert hated team) NY Yankees Baseball Card Toilet Seat from Collected Studio.

NY Yankees Toilet Seat

Dead center we have a card of Yankee Legend Babe Ruth accompanied by A-Rod, Roger Clemens, Jorge Posada and a bunch of other meat-heads. Just email Matt at for your custom order, only $75 plus $12 S&H today!

Baseball Card Collage End Table

May 13, 2009

Today I finished up a solid oak, baseball card collage table. It’s been finished with a golden honey color stain and the top surface has been covered in a glossy resin, which really makes the cards pop and keeps them protected. I snapped a few pics and it looks pretty handsome sitting in my front room!




Here are some of the players featured on this table:

Matt Nokes
Dale Murphy
Ruben Sierra
Eric Davis
Reggie Jackson
Robin Yount
Tony LaRussa
Adam Dunn
Mickey Mantle
Hanley Ramirez
Dennis Eckersley
Jose Canseco
Tony Gwynn
Chris Sabo
Rickey Henderson
Joe Mauer
Wally Joyner
Bret Saberhagen
Rollie Fingers
Josh Beckett
Albert Pujols
Julio Franco
Ryan Howard
Ernie Banks

1986 Topps Box Break

May 9, 2009

Recently I found a good deal on a box of 1986 Topps baseball cards and decided to scoop it up. Busting open these old wax packs was definitely a fun trip down memory lane.

In the summer of ’86 I was 11 years old and my best friends Ryan and Tyler, both brothers, introduced me to baseball cards. I loved baseball, but this baseball card thing was a mystery to me, and Ryan and Tyler quickly filled me in on the details. Before long, it became a ritual for us to head to the flea market on Saturdays and buy packs of cards, then spend a few hours afterwards discussing our finds and making trades. Cards of Dwight Gooden, Rickey Henderson, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly and Wade Boggs traded at a premium.

These days, Ryan and Tyler both live far away, but I decided to drop a few packs for each of them in the mail. I hope they pull some good cards and have as much fun as I did reliving the summer of ’86. Hopefully Ryan pulls Mattingly, his favorite player at the time.

Here are some cards I pulled from this box.

Cards pulled from a box of 1986 Topps.

Cards pulled from a box of 1986 Topps.

MLB Power Pros 2008

April 24, 2009

In a recent visit to the local Game Stop, I picked up a used copy of MLB Power Pros 2008 for the Wii. I have to say, I wasn’t sure about the cartoon appearance of this game at first, but it’s really grown on me. In fact, I think this style is a refreshing change from the realistic looking sports games that have dominated the market for the past few years. After all, video games are meant to be fun aren’t they?


But don’t let the childish look of this game fool you, because it actually has quite a lot of depth, letting you take control of your own franchise as GM with decision making on almost every aspect of the game from making Manny practice his speed around the bases to purchasing new equipment for the team. It even gets the little details correct, like the way Kevin Youkilis holds the bat or the slow wind-up of Matsuzaka. Can you tell I’ve been playing with the Red Sox?

Also impressive are the graphics, which offer some stunning views of all major league parks, and the game play really makes you feel like you’re making solid contact with the ball. If you’re old school, it may remind you of RBI Baseball for NES. I’ve just started a season… hmm…. should I trade Manny away and pick up Jason Bay? I don’t know, Manny’s batting .536 right now!