My first Trading Card EVER.
The moment we've all been waiting for has arrived, and it's a thrilling experience for both you and me. In brief, I've been nurturing the concept for this project for over two years now. I envisioned the creation of my very own trading card endeaver, which has not only resulted in the birth of my unique card but also the establishment of an entirely new card brand. This journey has taken me from a childhood hero to forging a personal connection and partnership with none other than Brian Dawkins.
IMMORTALS TRADING CARDS
Immortals trading cards offer a redefined perspective on remarkable individuals who have undeniably shaped our sports world. These cards celebrate a legacy that transcends time, a career that remains unforgettable. Immortal trading cards capture a unique moment in history, one that has never been portrayed quite like this before. It's not just the person and their legacy that endure, but also the timeless artistry of the cards themselves.
There's no one else I would have rather chosen to collaborate with for the launch of my inaugural card than the legendary Brian Dawkins. He stands as one of the most iconic athletes in the rich history of Philadelphia sports, epitomizing everything a fan could hope for in a player. Throughout Brian Dawkins' illustrious career, one thing was a constant in every game: his relentless effort and the relentless pursuit of greatness, both on and off the field. This propelled him into the history books and secured his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
If there's a single image or a piece of artwork that could capture the essence of Weapon X's entire career, it would undoubtedly be this one. Can you recall that unforgettable moment? It was during the 2006 Eagles vs. Giants wild card playoff game. As the Giants player made a run for it, Dawkins soared through the air, arms outstretched, resembling an eagle homing in on its prey. That flying tackle etched itself into the chronicles of football history. If there's one tackle, one image that defines who Weapon X truly was, this is unequivocally it.
Now that the memory is fresh in your mind, let's delve into the intricacies. The iconic flying tackle has graced highlight reels countless times across the internet, yet strangely, there exist no photographs of this moment. Thus, I took it upon myself to recreate it. This reimagined version of the flying tackle depicts Dawkins tearing through everything in his path, with the backdrop of the Philadelphia skyline subtly unveiled by the prominent X. As he soars, two intense Bald Eagles soar through the gaps, symbolizing his illustrious career.
The final wall layer, shattered by Dawkins', bears etchings that resonate with the remarkable journey he undertook. If you examine closely, you'll uncover phrases like "Weapon X," "blessed by the best," "doggonit," "HOF 2018," "Hallelujah," "Impact," "1996 – 2011," and a multitude of other minute details, including claw marks. And, of course, you can't forget the claws themselves – the quintessential tools of Weapon X.
On the reverse side of the card, the narrative unfolds further, enriched by numerous intricate details. Featured prominently are logos for Immortal and the Brian Dawkins Impact Foundation, accompanied by the signatures of both the Artist and the Athlete. Adding a distinctive element, you'll find personal quotes from both Brian Dawkins and myself. Notably, there's a highlight of one of Brian's cherished, albeit lesser-known, career statistics. Concluding the design, at the base, you'll encounter a meaningful Bible verse selected by Dawkins, encapsulating the theme of Immortality. It states, “...An honest life is Immortal.” - Proverbs 10:2 MSG.
What awaits you is not merely a trading card; it is a complete experience. Every facet of this project has been meticulously crafted with an unwavering commitment to detail.
THE CHASE | HOW IT WORKS
Every limited edition card from this collection is factory sealed and distributed entirely at random. Rare card variants, should you find them, will replace a base card inside the box. We aim to provide an equal opportunity for all, whether you're making your first card purchase or you're a seasoned collector. The thrill lies in the possibility of uncovering something extraordinary. Maybe it’s THE one of one card or maybe a base card graced with an autograph. While all cards ensure the proper value and excitement, the prospect of potentially receiving something even more exceptional adds to the thrill. As a longtime card collector myself, I can attest that the anticipation of the unknown was always the most exhilarating part.
1 Box | Black and midnight green 4x6 Immortals V1 magnetic tab box fully sealed.
1 Case | One touch magnetic card case sealed with an Immortals branded sticker.
1 Card | Licensed Limited Edition Brian Dawkins “Relentless” Trading Card
1 COA | certificate of authenticity
Total Cost | $75
Base Card | 1767
Rainbow Foil | 96
Green Variation Rainbow Foil | 96
Gold Variation Rainbow Foil | Authentic Auto | 20
Base Card | Authentic Auto | 18
Rainbow Foil |Authentic Auto | 13
Green Variation Rainbow Foil | Authentic Auto | 9
One Of One Obsidian Variation Rainbow Foil | Authentic Auto | 1
Total Limited Edition Cards | 2020
This is the epitome of artistry and craftsmanship. The base card offers fans and collectors the exact experience they desire. Crafted with the utmost precision, each card boasts a premium silver foil finish. There are a mere 1,767 of these cards in existence, making them a rare and coveted treasure for the ultimate fan and collector. All base cards have “1 OF 1767” on the back, this was the format recommended by Beckett Grading when registering our project. All parallel cards are sequentially numbered in gold.
18 Base Card Authentic Autographs
There are 18 base authentic autograph cards in total, each sequentially numbered to 18. A select few also include a dual autograph and inscription. These autograph editions are randomly sealed with the rest of the collection, replacing base cards at random to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to obtain one.
Rainbow Variation “Dawks Favorite”
The most colorful of them all, the rainbow foil does not disappoint. These rare cards are one of four unique variations and sequentially numbered to just 96. With its premium sand foil finish, custom player spot, and a full holographic background, this card boasts a striking 3D effect. Tilt it in the light and watch as the foil displays its full spectrum of colors. These mesmerizing holographic editions are randomly sealed with the rest of the collection, replacing base cards at random to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to obtain one.
13 Rainbow foil Authentic Autographs
There are 13 rainbow foil authentic autograph cards in total, each sequentially numbered to 13. A select few also include a dual autograph and inscription. These autograph editions are randomly sealed with the rest of the collection, replacing base cards at random to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to obtain one.
Green Variation “The Fan Favorite”
The Eagles vibrant green rainbow foil is the perfect fit for Philly. These rare cards are one of four unique variations and sequentially numbered to just 96. With its premium sand foil finish, custom player spot, and a full holographic background, this card boasts a striking 3D effect. Tilt it in the light and watch as the foil displays its full spectrum of colors. These mesmerizing holographic editions are randomly sealed with the rest of the collection, replacing base cards at random to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to obtain one.
9 Green foil Authentic Autographs
There are 9 green foil authentic autograph cards in total, each sequentially numbered to 9. A select few also include a dual autograph and inscription. These autograph editions are randomly sealed with the rest of the collection, replacing base cards at random to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to obtain one.
Gold Variation “Hall Of Fame"
This shimmering gold rainbow foil card symbolizes Brian Dawkins' crowning achievement – his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. These rare cards are one of four unique variations each bearing Brian Dawkins' autograph and are sequentially numbered to just 20. A select few even feature dual autographs and personal inscriptions. With its premium sand foil finish, custom player spot, and a full holographic background, this card boasts a striking 3D effect. Tilt it in the light and watch as the foil displays its full spectrum of colors. These mesmerizing holographic editions are randomly sealed with the rest of the collection, replacing base cards at random to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to obtain one.
One Of One “Spectors Favorite”
In the realm of collectibles, this one reigns supreme. It's the granddaddy of them all, the unparalleled one-of-a-kind Obsidian variation, featuring dual autographs from both Brian Dawkins and Jordan Spector, along with a unique inscription. And as a special bonus, the fortunate collector who acquires this card will receive an extra surprise. This prized card is one of four unique variations, and there is just 1 in existence. With its premium sand foil finish, custom player spot, and a full holographic background, this card boasts a striking 3D effect. Tilt it in the light and watch as the foil displays its full spectrum of colors. These mesmerizing holographic editions are randomly sealed with the rest of the collection, replacing base cards at random to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to obtain one.
By The Numbers
“96” | Brian Dawkins was drafted end of the 2nd round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996.
“61” | the total number of authentic autograph cards. Dawkins was the 61st overall pick.
“18” | Brian Dawkins was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 2018.
“13” | Brian Dawkins played 13 seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“9” | Brian Dawkins was named to 9 pro bowls.
2020 CARDS IN TOTAL
When you receive your card in the mail, your expectations should be not just met but surpassed. Every aspect, from the packaging to the cards themselves, has been meticulously designed to offer a distinctive look and feel, all with the intention of narrating the entire story.
- 4x6 inches
- Magnetic flap
- Interior midnight green liner
- Custom cut foam core interior
- Outer white decals with branding
- Custom matte black box with texture design
- Interior flap with gold foil Brian Dawkins Quote
- 35 pt foil card
- Front and back design
- Custom branded sticker seal
- One touch magnetic card case
- Plastic one touch resealable sleeve
Certificate of Authenticity
Introduction: Two Passions Converge
Growing up, I nurtured two passions: Art and Football. Interestingly, my first foray into sports was soccer, but that all changed when I turned ten.
Why? Brian Dawkins.
When the Journey Began: My Introduction to Weapon X
Two individuals ignited my passion for football at a young age: my cousin Naoki Kurimoto and Brian Dawkins. Their unwavering enthusiasm for the game captivated me, and football swiftly became my obsession. In 2002, I took the leap of faith and joined a youth football team. Initially, I struggled, grappling with asthma and the challenge of running in the scorching summer heat with shoulder pads. However, with time I outgrew these ailments. With practice, and plenty backyard football games, I started to discover I had what it took to play the game and compete at a high level.
As my football journey continued into high school, there was a vital ritual before every game—watching the iconic Brian Dawkins' Weapon X YouTube video. Whether it was high school games or Eagles' Sundays, I looked to Dawkins for that extra dose of motivation. To this day, I still get chills watching his highlights and listening to his intense speeches—a sentiment shared by countless young football enthusiasts who found inspiration in him.
In high school, I climbed the ladder and earned a spot as a varsity player. During my senior year, I played both ways as a running back and linebacker, creating unforgettable memories. This soon led to me being recruited by smaller schools. However, I ultimately decided to attend Temple University and focus on my education.
The Walk-On Triumph
Fate had other plans for me. Just a few months into attending college I started to miss football more than I anticipated. I wasn’t sure what to do about it but then I encountered a group of guys who claimed they were trying out for the football team. Their words ignited a spark within me. The rest is history. For seven intense months, I trained harder than ever before, achieving remarkable results. By the time the 2012 season came around, Temple University hosted its annual walk-on tryouts—a mere 30 minutes to prove yourself. Surprisingly, I excelled at the tryout, and one week later, the life-changing news arrived—I had made the team.
This was a pivotal moment for me, a small-school athlete making it onto a Division I team. I was on cloud nine and gave it my all, creating an unforgettable experience.
However, my football journey was cut short after two seasons due to multiple injuries. Although it was a tough reality to accept, I soon came to realize that one door closing could lead to another opening.
When Art Was a Hidden Talent
Since childhood, I possessed a natural talent for art, drawing from the moment I could hold a pencil. While I wasn't sure if I was any good at it, I enjoyed creating every day, capturing anything that piqued my curiosity.
For over a decade, my art remained a secret, a personal hobby and a form of therapy. It wasn't until my senior year of high school that I began to glimpse the potential of my art. Thanks to my art teacher, who submitted my work without my knowledge, my art won several first-place awards in Montgomery County in 2011.
During the same year, I created my first-ever sports piece, foreshadowing what was to come five years later. Of course, it featured Brian Dawkins.
When Passions Collide
Throughout my life, my two passions for art and football coexisted in the same space but rarely engaged in conversation. I was a football player by day and an artist by night. Nobody knew. Football always took precedence, demanded more of my time, and was a higher priority.
My football journey began at the age of ten and concluded at twenty, while my art journey commenced at five and, at the age of 31, still feels like it's just the beginning. Although one career was curtailed, I discovered that my other passion could breathe new life into it.
My time on the football field shaped me into a man—lessons in dedication, discipline, and mental toughness. These experiences became the foundation upon which I built my art business.
In 2014, soon after football ended, I rekindled my passion for art. The difference this time was my subject matter focused on sports. This marked a new beginning, a way to channel my love for football and other sports. Little did I know that this decision would take me further than I could have imagined. I began sharing my work on social media and people started taking notice. Friends and family even began commissioning pieces. I crafted pieces for former teammates, some of whom have since gone on to become pro bowl caliber players in the NFL, including Haason Reddick, Dion Dawkins, and Tyler Matakevich, to name a few. Since 2014, there was no looking back.
From Childhood Hero to Personal Connection
After my football journey concluded, my focus on all things related to football, including Brian Dawkins, began to fade. However, little did I know that my childhood hero would soon play a pivotal role in my business and artistic journey. He not only helped shape my company's slogan but also perfectly represented what my art symbolizes.
In 2016, I created what would become one of my most iconic pieces, "Weapon X." To this day, it resonates with Eagles fans whenever they lay eyes on it. Back then, I wondered what it would be like to meet Brian Dawkins and whether he would appreciate my artwork. I repeatedly attempted to make a connection but had no success.
In 2018, everything changed. One connection, one phone call, and the rest is history. Someone I had met at the time knew Brian Dawkins' wife, Connie, and asked if I could meet them and present Brian with my Weapon X canvas. Just one week later, I found myself on a flight to Florida. Meeting Dawkins for the first time, I presented him with my art and asked him to share a few words from the heart. In that moment, Dawkins uttered words that would articulate precisely what my art conveys—energy. In his words, "The art has energy; you can feel the energy jumping out at you." This pivotal moment sparked the creation of "Art With Energy."
From that moment forward, I began building a personal connection with Dawkins, supporting the Brian Dawkins Impact Foundation through my art, and led efforts to redesign their now current foundation logo.
The Time Has Come
In 2020, as we transitioned into 2021, the world underwent significant changes, and so did the landscape of the cards and collectibles market. During this period, Topps, a prominent player in the industry, launched some of their most successful projects to date, including Topps 2020 and Topps Project 70, among others. These projects were characterized by collaborations with numerous artists and garnered sales in the millions.
Throughout this time, I patiently anticipated a call from Topps, hoping for an opportunity to showcase my skills in the card world. However, as time passed without any contact, I began to ponder an intriguing question: What if I took matters into my own hands and created my own trading card?
Although I didn't complete "Relentless" until July of this year, my journey and research foray began in 2021. Along the way, I encountered numerous challenges. One of the primary obstacles I faced for nearly two years was the overwhelming demand that outstripped the available supply, making it seemingly impossible for someone like me to bring this project to fruition. Nonetheless, I remained resolute in my determination to make it happen. And now, here we stand, at the culmination of that journey. Who would’ve thought that I would build this personal connection with my childhood hero and work alongside Brian Dawkins to release my first ever trading card.