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130. (SOLD OUT) "Rock Raines" 7" x 10.5" Art Print
130. (SOLD OUT) "Rock Raines" 7" x 10.5" Art Print
In the pantheon of electrifying baseball players, few possessed the combination of style, grace, and sheer audacity quite like Tim "Rock" Raines. The moniker "Rock" aptly described his unyielding resolve and solid presence on the field. Throughout his illustrious career, Raines etched his name in the annals of baseball history, leaving an indelible mark as one of his era's most versatile and dynamic players.
Born on September 16, 1959, in Sanford, Florida, Raines developed a love affair with baseball from an early age. Gifted with blazing speed and an innate ability to read the game, Raines became a beacon of hope for Montreal Expos fans when he arrived in the big leagues in 1979. Clad in the distinctive tricolor cap, Raines embodied the essence of the Expos' ambitious and eclectic brand of baseball.
While Raines' sheer speed on the basepaths was the stuff of legends, it was his uncanny ability to wreak havoc on opposing pitchers that set him apart. Crouched in his signature stance, Raines was a master at luring pitchers into making costly mistakes, capitalizing on their hesitations with lightning-quick stolen bases. His astonishing success rate of 84.7 percent solidified his place as one of the game's premier basestealers.
Raines's prowess extended far beyond stolen bases, though. A switch-hitter with a compact, fluid swing, he possessed the rare ability to consistently make solid contact from both sides of the plate. His batting average and keen eye for drawing walks consistently placed him among the league leaders in on-base percentage—a testament to his disciplined approach and unwavering patience at the plate.
The peak of Raines's career coincided with the Expos' golden age, as they showcased a roster teeming with young, vibrant talent. Raines earned seven consecutive All-Star selections from 1981 to 1987, showcasing his well-rounded skills on the game's grandest stage. With Raines as their catalyst, the Expos experienced a renaissance, capturing fans' hearts with their scintillating baseball brand.
However, Raines's journey continued after the Expos. In 1990, he embarked on a new chapter as a member of the Chicago White Sox, where his impact on the field remained undiminished. Thriving under the guidance of manager Jeff Torborg, Raines provided veteran leadership and infectious enthusiasm that rejuvenated the White Sox. His pivotal role in the team's march to the 1993 American League West title epitomized the value he brought to every team he graced with his presence.
Raines's nomadic journey through the baseball landscape eventually led him to don the uniforms of the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and Florida Marlins. With each stop, Raines left an indelible imprint, endearing himself to fans and teammates alike with his magnetic personality and unyielding dedication to the game.
In 2017, Raines received the ultimate validation for his remarkable career when he was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The honor underscored his status as one of the most electrifying and beloved players of his era. From the sun-soaked fields of Montreal to the concrete jungles of Chicago and beyond, Tim "Rock" Raines showcased the timeless artistry of baseball, forever etching his name among the immortals of the game.
This 7 x 10.5" art print will be available for purchase between now and 6/4/23, after which it is retired forever. The artwork is estimated to ship between 40-60 days after the purchase window closes. This is not a guaranteed timeline, only an estimate.
Our art prints (not a comic book) is printed on double-thick card stock & come packaged in all the nostalgia you can ask for. The art print is a pre-order item for sale for one week only and then the print is retired and the print run is locked.
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A new piece of art each week -- a sports-themed 7” x 10.5” double-thick cardstock art print of an original artist-made piece of art. That's right, this isn't a comic book, it's just one piece of fun sports-themed nostalgia at a time. There are 20 different art prints released in a season (1 per week) and once they're gone… they're gone! From then on they'll only be available at higher cost on the secondary market.
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“Every time I look at these prints, I think of my father. If artists can channel their adversity into incredible works of art that we get to enjoy, then we should challenge ourselves to turn our struggles into something that can benefit others.”
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Daniel is the artist that designs all of our Pop Fly Pop Shop prints. Every piece is made with purposeful intentionality and thoughtful effort. Daniel is a storyteller, and during every drop, he is able to showcase the player’s journey and important moments from their career. The art prints do not simply focus on the player's image but about the entire path that has led them to the big leagues.