Pencil Artist Ed Rini Draws Iconic Sports Cards and Moments

From Aaron to Trout Rookie Cards Rini Draws Legendary Images in Time of Need
  • April 08, 2021

You'll need to do a doubletake when looking at drawings from pencil artist, Ed Rini; he produces life-like, iconic sports cards and moments! The pencil renditions looks like a real card or photograph! Take a look at the work from a man that makes magic with a pencil in a time of need.

While looking at cards for sale in an Facebook group, I found a batch of AMAZING drawings based on legendary sports cards.  Sometimes finding a piece of art like what you're about to see is better than pulling huge card out of a pack - and this coming from someone that would swim in a Scrooge McDuck money bin filled with sports cards if he could. As it turns out, the artist was offering his work to supplement his income after losing his job. Sharing this story not only helps the artist, but you as well - you'll love to own a drawing from this artist!  Here are images from pencil artist, Ed Rini.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson-1

1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie

Hank Aaron-1


1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken, Jr. Rookie

Cal Ripken


1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie 




That Cal Ripken Drawing caught my eye on the Facebook page; the detail is impeccable.  I reached out to Ed and asked if I could share his drawings and he was glad to tell me a little bit about himself, his work, as well as sending me a few more pictures to share with you.

Just Collect:  How long have you been drawing, Ed?

Ed Rini: I have drawings my parents kept since I was 8. I didn't draw for years because I was bowling a lot and went 5,220 days between between these two drawings:



Look at the difference between the drawing of Pete Weber (bowler) from 14 years prior to the drawing of Pink Floyd!  That drawing of Weber is better than I can even do today...

Just Collect:  Where did you learn to draw at?

Ed Rini: Drawing through school - I learned how by watching cartoons of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Just Collect:  How long, on average, does one drawing take?

Ed Rini: 20 to 25 hours per drawing 

Just Collect:  Ever meet a person you drew?

Ed Rini: I had Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy sign drawings at a tournament I volunteered for.

With the Masters starting today, sharing a few of Ed's golf photos is appropriate!  Ed also colors a few of his photos in, including this Tiger Woods picture:

Tiger Woods

Tiger Color



When I asked Ed how to buy one of his drawings, he said he doesn't have a website up yet, because lost his job!  Like MANY in 2020, Ed was a casualty.  Selling his drawings really helps Ed out in a time of need.

WHERE TO BUY: You can reach out to Ed on his Facebook page HERE.

Keep drawing like this Ed and this will BE your job, sir!  

I don't want to share ALL of my favorite drawings of Ed's just yet because we hope to interview Ed live on the Leighton's Loft podcast!  The owner of Just Collect, Leighton Sheldon, often has guests on of sports nature.  From NBA broadcasters, authors of baseball books, to celebrities that love to open sports cards, Leighton goes live on his Podcast every Wednesday at 4:30 PM EST. on his channel HERE.  Ed has drawings of baseball, basketball, football, golf, bowling, music, and more! Before Ed shows more drawings off on Leighton's Loft, I'll share my favorite drawing of Ed's:


Miller Park with Yeli - jaw-dropping stuff, Ed.


We can't draw anywhere near as well as Ed does, so we stick to buying sports cards and collections!

Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. Vintage Topps Baseball Cards are high on our list!

If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and we'd would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect buy list blog here


We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we're also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.


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