February 20, 2013
A picture of catcher Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins taken by sports photographer Brace Hemmelgarn graces the Mauer card in the recently released 2013 Topps Series I baseball set.
Topps used Hemmelgarn's photos for five Series I cards: two of Joe Mauer, two of pitcher David Price and a short-print card of Twins' outfielder Josh Willingham. His photos have appeared on minor-league cards before, but this is the first time they've been used on the major-league set.
Hemmelgarn works as one of three team photographers for the Twins. In addition, he does sports photography for USA Today Sports Images. He's covered the Gophers, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves and Packers. He also does freelance photography for St. Cloud State and Saint John's sports. Hemmelgarn did sports photography and assisted with sports graphic design as his student work assignment at SJU.