Island Dreams Sketch Card History

Back in 2009 Johnny Rustler ask me if I want to co-host a troprock (beach music) radio show out of Lewis University in Romeoville IL. The next year we found out WLRA radio does a charity event twice a year to benefit Advocate Children’s Charities, and we were asked to do our part. The first thing we tried was to do a 50/50 drawing at one of Johnny’s gigs (yes he is also a musician), we raised a bit over $200. In the fall we tried the 50/50 thing again and raised about the same.

I thought there had to be a better way to help the kids out, at the same time Bad Axe Studios released Treasure Chests and Booty card set. I was fascinated with the whole sketch card world. Axebone (Michael Potter) mentored me in the ins and out of producing a sketch card set. Without his guidance I would have been lost.

In 2011 we released the first Island Dreams set. John Carey (director of WLRA radio) thought I was crazy, no one would buy cards for charity. With 39 artists we produced the set and raised $1500 for Advocate Children’s Charities. John was shocked and every year since we have done some variation of Island Dreams.

In 2015 we started doing themes, the 1st theme set was The Dark Side of the Island, it was an instant hit. It was followed up in 2016 with The Girls of the Island. In 2017 we did a Mardi Gras theme, Let the good times roll (again). In 2018 we did our Anything Goes set, and it included autographs from Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefers and the artists drew on the cards. 2019 was the Grand Finale (Yes it was going to be the last year for the set). In 2020 we did something a bit different Bomber Beauties (World War II airplane nose art). But the artists wanted more Island Dreams. So in 2021 we went back to the beach theme.

Over the years we have supports many different charities and raised over $40,000 for them. We are going to be doing a short set over winter in 2021 and another full set in 2022.

I have to thank all the great artists that donate their time and talent, without them there would be no Island Dreams. As well as all the collectors that spend their hard earned money buying packs.

Keep watching the website for news on upcoming sets!