Published on March 28th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Baseball card collage table

It’s a Saturday and perhaps you’ll like a round of baseball too. This one’s from Matthew. Happy weekend.

He says, “I discovered an interesting way to give the Lack side table a baseball make-over using a bunch of vintage baseball cards, glue, gloss, and resin. The end result is a beautiful table which will add some character to any sports themed room. I’ve found that people love to sit and look at the old cards, even if they’re not into baseball. And for sports fans, it’s a great conversation piece.The resin coating keeps the cards preserved under a durable, clear finish.”

See how it’s done in this vid.

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31 Responses to Baseball card collage table

  1. Jeff Barton says:

    Just seen this baseball table i have thousands of cards could you email me directions or the video thanks

  2. Seagull says:

    I was wondering how to do this earlier…
    The is not here though, could u send it to me at [email protected]?


  3. Stéphane Robillard says:

    This is a great idea ! I need to do this at home… could you send me the link to the video at :
    [email protected]

    Thanks !

  4. Keith Ransom says:

    Can you send me the directions as well. This needs to go in my parlor. I tried to watch the video but there isn’t one there.

  5. Baseball Lover says:

    I’m thinking of doing a bar top like this. Would that be to personalized if I sold my house though?

  6. Ryan says:

    Haha can’t release the info on the resining material? Its no big secrete all you have to do is go to lowes and get Famowood Glaze Coat high glose finish and put it over your table. Nothing hard or top secret about that.

  7. Steve says:

    I want to try this but the details video is down. Can you e-mail me directions at [email protected]

    Great idea for my 70′s 80′s vintage cards


  8. Kambrelshafer says:

    I would love the details on how u made this table. Please email me at [email protected] thank u

  9. Anonymous says:

    Nice looking tables! I’m making baseball card collages that are for sale at my wife’s Etsy shop.

  10. Steve says:

    Hello, I love the table. Could you please e-mail me directions detailing how you made your table? I want to make a mid-90s hockey table. Thank you. please respond to [email protected]

  11. Anonymous says:

    i have a table like this but i dont know exactly what type it is. a sports memorobilia table or collectors item? im not sure but i got it from my dad a few years back its a real antique. dont know how much its worth please reply asap at [email protected]

  12. tim.h (cadillac michigan says:

    i think matt did a great job….i build custom tables myself and will try this …i have seen the cards he has used…there have been some posts about the value of these cards..give me a break!! he is turning these cards into value ,not destroying them.they are commons people!!..i think all the negative posts are jealous people that cant pound two boards together without bending the nail,with no knowledge of any building or art skills.i have over 40,000 commons that i will do something with.i thought of these tables many times before i came across his site.i build tables all the time.matt did a great job with his table and he can make some money at it…as far as you nailbenders and jealous people…try your own art project and post so we can look at it and complement it and not bash it…there was a post in here where these cards could be worth thousands….if thats the case dude…i can tables will have mattinglys cansecos some pete rose cards…i dont care…i have thousands of them..another person said photo copy cards and make table that way…are we getting into a potential copyright situation then?…keep going hard at it matt…you are a true artist!! any comments about my post i would love to read about it..leave here at site or email me [email protected]….tim

  13. Anonymous says:

    If the baseball cards aren’t worth anything, why did you waste your money buying boxes of them? Sounds like you’re the one who’s a fool…

    The hack looks nice though :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    I find all of the comments by the fools who think somehow these baseball cards were/will be worth anything laughable. I’ve got a boxes of “rare” cards with great “investment potential” to sell you.

  15. Boombastic says:

    This looks awesome. Well done.

  16. Moontree says:

    Matthew’s fiance here; my name is Annie and I’m also an artist & vintage “stuff” hoarder.

    Rest assured Matt is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to baseball & collectibles, since he’s been a vintage toy & card dealer on Ebay for nearly 10+ years (as well as a rabid sports fan, ha) so he definitely knows what he’s doing, as well as what has potential value and what doesn’t. The “worthless” and common cards he primarily uses are really interesting to look at, and it’s kind of sad that most of them end up in shoeboxes and are never appreciated. So yeah, he uses REAL CARDS because just reprinting them would be cheesy and would take away from the uniqueness and the high level of craft he puts into every piece. We started out with Ikea furniture to get the hang of the process, and eventually Matt wants to work up to doing commissions for sports bars and higher-end furniture pieces.

    As for me, I’m not really a sports chick myself, but he’s taught me a lot about baseball cards- you should see all the boxes full of em in our studio!

    ps- unfortunately, we can’t really share info on the resin process because it’s something Matt has worked hard at developing over the past year or so, in order to best preserve the cards, and it’s part of our business so we kinda have to protect ourselves. You could probably start by going to your local craft store and asking, though!

  17. waywardmedic says:

    I have the same question as ChezChani..would love to know the glue and resin as it looks awesome! I would like to try this myself.

    • Anonymous says:

      i’m not an expert but, you could glue the cards down with modge podge or just regular elmar’s (practice on a throw away first) then buy some Famowood Gloss Coat resin at Lowes’ and go to town.

  18. Anonymous says:

    To above…I’m not really sure what you’re trying to say…I guess you can say that value is subjective, but that doesn’t really apply here since the chief purpose of collecting baseball cards is to preserve them should their monetary value increase over time…don’t people invest in things in order to perpetuate or increase their value instead of purposly depreciating them exponentially…I mean, would you purchase several Van Gough’s so that you can cut them up and laminate them into some nice children’s placemats?!?! I guess you could, but that wouldn’t be a very wise investment.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Must everything be reduced to monetary values? Is buying a piece of art just an investment?

  20. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree with the above…DO NOT USE REAL BASEBALL CARDS!!! Scan/copy/print the cards you want and then put them under the resin and avoid to potential future kicking yourself when you see a valuable card imprisoned in your table.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Yeah… would be really crappy if those cards were actually worth anything considering that a lack table is like $13 and a really valuable Hall of Fame card could be worth in the THOUSANDS! But hey, if you’re a sports fan or a collector…then you’d know that….right?…

    If not…nice hack!

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  25. Anonymous says:

    As a collector I see a some pretty old cards and a few Hall of Famers there. I hope you didn’t glue a semester’s worth of college textbooks for your child to that table.

  26. In some way can make a recycled forniture collection,can use olso for see what you put inside to the shoes box

  27. Robj98168 says:

    Dude- this table is so cool- makes me wnna build a Man Cave real bad! Great Job

  28. Anonymous says:

    Ohhh — beanie babies would be super fun too! Great idea to dress up a plain piece of furniture w/ the cards, looks nice

  29. ChezChani says:

    What kind of glue did you use? And what kind of gloss and resin? It looks great!

  30. Brittany says:

    I really like this, even though baseball isn’t really my thing. It’s a great way to get a collection that would usually be stored in a dusty box somewhere out in the open, and makes a bold piece of furniture at the same time. The only cards I have are old Beanie Baby ones, though, and I don’t think that would have quite the same vintage feel or charm…

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