Funny thing, there was a big story in the Boston Globe yesterday about sports artists and how they struggle to find their market.
Some are quite succesful, but it is rarely accepted as "Art" instead of "Sports Memorabilia".
I am looking at acquiring some really cool lithographs of Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. They were done by Lamontagne, the guy who is famous for his wood sculptures of Williams, Bobby Orr, Larry Bird, and others.
Good point there concerning art vs. memorabilia - I'll have to check that article out. Thanks for the heads-up!
Incidentally, when looking at the popularity of art with collectors, the long-running Diamond Kings series in Donruss card sets might be worth considering. Far more accessible than original prints, the cards have proven to be extremely popular...