”NBA LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL - WE MADE THIS GAME”
art collage by Erika King
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Erika King: the artist
Producing the artwork
"50 Greatest Players" lithograph
Sports Collectors Digest article
”NBA LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL - WE MADE THIS GAME”
Art Collage by Erika King
The “Legends of Basketball – We Made This Game” artwork captures the excitement and electricity of the NBA, while showcasing the sports finest players in moving, colorful, vibrant images commonly equated with their on-court theatrics and athleticism. This official NBA licensed limited edition original artwork provides loyal fans with a lasting, appreciable, player-signed memorabilia piece that personifies the action of the NBA and includes every players hand signature attached to their personal team NBA photo. This historic series of original 40” x 60” artworks on canvas also includes the NBA brand logo that have all been hand signed by NBA Commissioner David Stern and the official logo and trademark of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA). The NBRPA will be the recipient of a portion of the proceeds that are raised from the sales of these artworks.
These action images feature most of the NBA 50 Greatest legends such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West to name a few. Plus all the top stars of today such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash, Yao Ming, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Paul make these original artworks priceless in years to come.
To learn more about "Legends of Basketball - We Made This Game" limited edition original artwork
or inquire about ordering, call 305 576-ICON (4266).
Erika King: The Artist
Erika King is an internationally recognized, Miami based artist known for the collages she has created for luminaries of the sports, entertainment and corporate worlds. Ms. King’s distinctive style features her trademark use of colorful acrylic paint strokes, which connect photographic images to illustrate a compelling visual story of a career, an event or a history of achievement. An Erika King collage provides the recipient with a unique, lasting tribute; often capturing the most significant and personal memories of ones life and legacy.
Ms. King’s flare for capturing the excitement of sports on canvas has led her to become an official artist of the National Basketball Association. She has also been commissioned by teams from Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Hockey League as well as, by stars of Grand Prix Racing. Some of her sports star collages have included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dan Marino, Emerson Fittipaldi, Alonzo Mourning, Mario Andretti and Kevin Garnett.
Erika King’s corporate collages have been commissioned by American Express, Texaco, United Way, Anheuser Busch, Radio Shack, AT&T Wireless and Nokia as well as, many other Fortune 500 companies.
Ms. King was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to artist parents, and educated in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and France, including L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe, and in notable cultural centers such as New York City, San Francisco, Miami and Caracas, Venezuela. Her studio is located in Coconut Grove, Florida where she also lives.
Erika King, NBA Comissioner David Stern and Cash McMahon.
Producing”NBA LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL - WE MADE THIS GAME”
The art Collage by Erika King
Icon Art Images produces each piece as an original artwork that includes a special designed hand painted canvas, in which the 60 hand-signed NBA images of the players are glued and then finished with Erika King's technique of embellishing and connecting images into the final artwork. We then coat the artwork with a long lasting finish to seal and protect the signed NBA photos and paintings. Icon Art Images also offers custom pieces for collectors that can customize this fantastic piece by designing a one of a kind or substituting a featured player with another NBA legend. The options are limitless.
Players left to right: Yao Ming, Oscar Robertson, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley
Steve Nash, Vince Carter, John Havlicek
George Gervin, Dwyane Wade, Earl Monroe
Dwight Howard, Julius Erving, Hakeem Olajuwon, James Worthy
Deron Williams, Oscar Robertson, Bob McAdoo, Dirk Nowitski
“NBA Fifty Greatest Players” (1946-1996) limited edition lithograph
Sam Battistone, founder of Field of Dreams and Dreams Inc. and former owner of the Utah Jazz, collaborated with NBA Commissioner David Stern to create and produce the “NBA Fifty Greatest Players” lithograph. During the 1996-1997 season, the National Basketball Association celebrated its 50th anniversary. Each autographed piece was sold at $25,000, and since that time prices of the lithographs have increased to $75,000 at the NBA Store in NYC to $100,000 at the Field of Dreams store at the Ceasar’s Palace Forum Shops in Las Vegas. Actual size of the “NBA Fifty Greatest Players” lithograph is 25” x 39”. “LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL - WE MADE THIS GAME” is forecasted to become another great investment as well.
In the last twelve years, several new superstars have emerged in the league including: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Chris Paul, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson and Dirk Nowitzki. In a major press release, Battistone announced that Dreamstar had received a license from the NBA and the National Basketball Retired Players Association to create a follow-up to the original “NBA Fifty Greatest Players” (1946-1996) limited edition lithograph. The second entry in the series is entitled “LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL – WE MADE THIS GAME.”
Sam Battistone, founder of Field of Dreams and Dreams Inc. and former owner of the Utah Jazz, collaborated with NBA Commissioner David Stern to create and produce the “NBA Fifty Greatest Players” lithograph, when the National Basketball Association celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 1996 – 1997 season. The original Fifty Greatest Players edition entered the retail marketplace at a price of $25,000 for each autographed piece. Since that time, prices of have increased. Recent sales at the NBA Store in New York City have been at $75,000 each, while the Field of Dreams store in the Forum Shops at the Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas has sold two pieces for $100,000 each.
Cash McMahon: Producer
As Co-Producer of “LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL – WE MADE THIS GAME”, and president of his company Icon Art Images, Cash McMahon has utilized his expertise in coordinating the selection, design, signing and licensing of this exciting project. McMahon specializes in maximizing the artist brands he represents through strategies that directly benefit and support his clients. As a consultant to international companies, he offers his background in marketing, branding, promotions and event production. McMahon has produced licensed works of major athletes, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, Dan Marino and the official bronze sculpture of Muhammad Ali.
The Retired Players Association will be a major beneficiary in this new project, as they were in the first, and each player who signs this limited edition will be issued one piece in appreciation of his participation in this worthy project.
Custom PiecesIcon Art Images also offers custom pieces for clients, this is a way to customize this fantastic piece by substituting a featured player with a favorite of your own. You may substitute up to three players for a minimal cost. Add your local favorite or a legend from the past. The options are limitless.
Sports Collectors Digest article
Following up a spectacular success in sports is perhaps the great albatross
that every player wrestles with, a scenario so daunting to some that it
reportedly prompted legendary Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Billy Loes to eschew
the very notion of winning 20 games because ³they would expect it every
For Sam Battistone, founder of Field of Dreams and Dreams Inc. and the
former owner of the Utah Jazz, the idea of coming up with a winning encore
to the remarkably successful ³NBA Fifty Greatest Players² signed lithograph
from 12 years ago was imposing indeed.
That particular Battistone-engineered venture produced what is arguably
the most exclusive piece of produced memorabilia of all time, which sounds
like a pretty tough act to follow. Fast forward that dozen years and
Battistone has collaborated with Cash McMahon of Icon Art Images for Legends
of Basketball ³We Made This Game,² which faces the onerous challenge of
being a suitable follow-up to that original piece. Under the banner of
Dreamstar, the duo commissioned Erika King, an internationally recognized
artist, to produce the unique collages that showcase both her own artistry
and that of the 60 players now pictured, all with the attendant hand-signed
autographs that helped propel the original lithograph to such breathtaking
The 1997 creation that seems to have created a new genre in high-end
sports memorabilia, garnered 49 signatures on that attractive lithograph
that boasts 50 portraits of legendary NBA figures (Pete Maravich was the
only player to have passed away).
As even a casual NBA fan knows, the roster of NBA superstars who have
come along in those intervening years is impressive: the list includes Kobe
Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin
Garnett, Paul Pierce, Chris Paul, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson and
Adding those guys to a roster that includes a certain Michael Jordan,
Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving and dozens of other giants of the
NBA game from every era seems like a winning concept. The inclusion of most
of the players from the first litho would be an obvious similarity, but
aside from the matching retail $25,000 price tag for initial pieces and
approximate edition sizes of several hundred, the differences between the
two projects are greater than they would appear at first blush.
We wanted something completely different,² is the way Battistone
describes it. And by that he refers to the way the artwork is produced ¬ and
the finished product ¬ but it¹s a good bet Dreamstar officials would be
tickled with any linkage to the almost unprecedented investment return
enjoyed by the 1997 creation. Originally offered at $25,000, the now soldout
³NBA Fifty Greatest Players² litho sold twice for $75,000 each at the NBA
Store in New York City and later at $100,000 (twice) at the Field of Dreams
store at Caesar¹s Palace in Las Vegas. Rarefied air, indeed.
Most of the signing for the original was done at the 1997 All-Star Game
in Cleveland; this time the collage nature of the hand-painted 40-by-60-inch
canvas and the artistry of assembling the pieces meant the individual
photographs of the players could be signed personally at a time and place
most convenient to each of them. But the real divergence comes with the
process of how the ³We Made This Game² artwork is created.
This is a spectacular piece, with each one done individually by a
unique process on a hand-painted canvas, with the action photos of the
players ¬ rather than the head shots from the original litho ¬ creating an
entirely different perspective for the fans,² said Battistone.
While the original project was put together in a mere 35-40 days, this
one took a couple of years, to say nothing of the protracted involvement and
time requirements that Erika King needs to create each one.
While the original was constrained by being a lithograph, the 2009
version allows for a degree of customization that is almost unheard of in
this genre. ³Much of this hinges on (King¹s) ability to create this dramatic
collage,² Battistone continued. ³The players sign their action shots ¬
mostly on 8-by-10-inch prints ¬ and she tears out each one individually and
organizes and installs the images in a very creative and dynamic fashion.
It is that unusual procedure that provides for so many extraordinary
opportunities for collectors. Battistone notes that in addition to the
initial Limited Editions, the program allows for some special creative
opportunities which permits for some inventive meanderings into special
pieces honoring specific teams, with the talented King chipping in with her
own color and design efforts at the end.
Old-time hobbyists will recall that some of the biggest names in baseball
(think Willie Mays offering helpful hints to legendary Topps Vice President
Sy Berger) reportedly could be a wee bit difficult with the Topps
photographers many years ago, so why should the NBA¹s big names be any
different? Dreamstar officials noted that one of the players in the current
project asked that a different photograph of him be utilized because in the
one initially selected, the player he was majestically dunking over wasn't a
big enough stud to properly illustrate his greatness.
In another seemingly less narcissistic instance, a player asked that a
photo showing him during his earlier years be used, which might be a little
more flattering, or at the very least a bit more reflective of a younger
player not quite so damaged by years of the rough-and-tumble NBA regimen.
Both requests, despite having wildly different degrees of worthiness,
were granted without a murmur.
Commissioner a big supporter,
And while this unusual process marks yet another divergence from the
original, the two share yet another attribute: the support of NBA
Commissioner David Stern.
The Commissioner has been strongly behind each of these projects,²
Battistone continued. ³He signed the original pieces and he signed these,
too, and that has a huge impact on the credibility of the piece.²
And just as in the case of the first project, a substantial amount of
money from ³We Made This Game² is earmarked for the NBA¹s Retired Players
Association. It is likely that charitable aspect that helped nail down both
efforts, along with the helping to facilitate the almost monumental
challenge of getting five dozen NBA superstars to sign their names hundreds
of times without conventional greenback remuneration.
Which is not to suggest that it was a freebie, either. Just as with the
1997 litho, each of the players who signed received a fully autographed
artwork for themselves, which given the secondary-market price tag of No. 1.
is not too shabby.
Speaking of numbers, Battistone & Co., with a finely honed understanding
of the nuances of the collectibles market, have incorporated into their
marketing the option for collectors to request specific edition numbers (for
a potentially modest premium surcharge). As is customary with
limited-edition fine-art prints, some of the juiciest numbers, say like No.
1, No. 23, etc. have been held back from initial orders, and if we have to
explain why we selected those two numbers as examples, how did you ever get
this far along in this article?
The initial production calls for roughly 200-plus pieces, not counting
the five dozen set aside for the NBA stars. Dreamstar has already undertaken
an aggressive marketing campaign that includes advertisements in magazines
like Robb Report and the duPont Registry.
I don¹t know about you, but I am tickled to have Sports Collectors Digest
mentioned in same paragraph as those kinds of heavy hitters. Whoops, I am
mixing my sports metaphors, but you get the idea!
To inquire about ordering,
call 305-576-ICON (4266)