Thursday, April 12, 2012

Baseball Card Sausage

As a steak and potatoes Caucasian,  let me tell you one of the many bonus features of marrying into an Asian family is partaking in the cuisine.  I'm not talking about Benny Hanna/ Panda Express fare you get at the mall.  I'm talking about the stuff that the lovely wife's family serves up that is authentic comfort food from their homeland.  I fancy myself a fairly adventurous eater, and am usually up for what the in-laws are serving when we visit.   We went down for Easter Sunday.  As an appetizer (to some incredible grilled meat) they offered up a plate of this:


The terrifying image above is an Asian sausage (already cooked)  involving a lot of different parts of a lot of different animals.  And guess what?  I tried it.  And guess what?  I liked it.  And guess what?  I ate a bunch of it.   The lovely wife is pretty grossed out by this stuff (she is by no means an adventurous eater) and for some reason kept at arm's length from me all weekend after watching me shovel this delicacy down.

Not only did I enjoy eating it, I was inspired by it.  If you can take all of the unwanted parts of dead animals and make something delicious out of it, why can't you do the same for baseball cards?  Naturally, I decided to make my own baseball card sausage. 

This was not as easy as I thought it would be.  I couldn't quite get the idea fully baked in my head.    I narrowed my initial project down to a player who is kind of a sausage/meathead himself:  Jose Canseco.  

Like many of my blog ideas, I quickly realized this was pretty stupid.  However, after going to all the trouble of gluing this mess together, I couldn't bring myself to scrap this post.  

They say that the process of making sausage is something you don't want to see.  Same for the process of me cutting up my junk cards.  Here are the remnants:

It was actually I little liberating, taking scissors to some of my unwanted cards.  I may try to come up with some other uses for them. Or I may try my hand at baseball card sausage one more time. 


The Lost Collector said...

I clicked on this post fully expecting to see the Milwaukee Brewers sausage. I was wrong. Good stuff, Nap.

Nick said...

Like the Lost Collector, this post was nothing like I was originally expecting it to be judging from the title. Nice work!

You should check out this guy's stuff, he cuts up cards like you did and makes some fantastic art pieces with them:

Jeremy said...

I think it's creative. It reminds me of the guy the Lost Collector is talking about. Your card is in more of a Picasso-esque cubist style.

Fuji said...

Last summer I made a collage from a bunch of extra 1987 Topps baseball cards. I cut up 1 inch squares and glued them to a piece of card stock.

I brought it into my summer school class and the kids were fighting over it. This post reminded me that I need to get ready for my next masterpiece ;-)