“The Acquisitions Committee met yesterday afternoon and voted to formally accept your artwork into the permanent collection.”
After contributing to his third set of Topps Major League Baseball cards, Todd Aaron Smith found himself in contact with the Acquisitions Director at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. A display was being planned for a new exhibit in the museum called "Shoebox Treasures", which celebrates baseball cards throughout the years. The Acquisitions Committee met and determined that Todd's work had educational value and formally voted to accept it into the permanent collection. His artwork is now in the same collection as works by well-known artists such as Norman Rockwell, LeRoy Neiman and Andy Warhol.
More than 300,000 people visit the Hall of Fame each year. Todd donated three pieces: a preliminary sketch, final artwork and a finished baseball card. For his donation, Todd was given a Certificate of Donation from the president of the museum and a Lifetime Pass into the Hall of Fame.