Friday, December 17, 2010

2010 SeX Minnesota Yacht Club #3/4

The infamous Vikings boat scandal immortalized in an "event-used" multi-swatch card.  Allegedly, there were strippers, gambling and drinking going on, so you have swatches of cash, lingerie, dice, and a jersey patch.  Numbered 3/4 since Culpepper was cleared of charges.  Not sure if the others were ever exonerated or not.

It's been forever since I posted, mostly due to other things taking my "screen time".  It takes me hours to put one of these together - I need to go get a more modern graphics program that does layers.  Any recommendations?  With what I've got, I spend a lot of time cutting and pasting stuff on top of each other and trimming edges to combine items. 

Next ideas I have been considering are Pete Rose gambling, and a reality TV version of the jersey card.  Stay Tuned....

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Tiger's Tail dual relic - 1 of 120

This one was just too obvious.  As part of his rehab, Tiger apparently confessed to 120 affairs during his five year marriage.  There were about 15 notable mistresses in the tabloids.  Rachel Uchitel was the first on the list.

I started this design with a dual autograph card as the template, and had a nice background of the tabloid front pages, but couldn't fill the space with anything constructive or visually pleasing.  So I revamped the design with the dual swatches and filled in the rest around it.  It's a lot simpler than I originally imagined, but looks pretty good IMO.  I may play around with the design some more for other mistresses.  (Oct 2010)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Original Design - 2010 SeX Swingin' Singles

This begins a new series of relic cards featuring the seemier side of sports.  First up, a moderately scandalous relationship between A-Rod and Madonna.  Swingin' Singles sounded like a baseball term, so I went with it.  (Sep 2010)

Monday, August 23, 2010

1st attempt at original design - 2010 Perfectos

Prototype for a set or subset depicting perfect games.  I really need a much more robust graphics program than an old version of Paint Shop.  I think the idea is sound.  The execution came out OK, but not spectacular.

These are the kinds of inserts I'd like to see once in a while instead of the same old concepts repeated year to year...

(c. August 2010)

Friday, July 23, 2010

2016 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Special Edition Super Chromatographic Pack Rip Party Short Print #226 /5

This is my satirical take on future Bowman.  I'm not bashing the prospectors and those who love the set every year, but I'm just not into it myself.  Maybe I'm just too old.
To me, Bowman has become such a confusing product that I won't even look at someone's want lists unless they have the full numbers and player's names listed.  All the BCPs and BDPPs would be OK if the fronts looked different too, but they don't.
Anyway, enough ranting.  The fictional player above was created with cards from Evan Longoria, Justin Upton and Stephen Englund.  (July 2010)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tribute to 1976 Topps Father & Son

Update: An observant commenter noted that the original picture of Justin was actually Scot Shields.  That's what I get for snagging pictures from another site.  Now I have four versions of this card.  With different cropping, this one could have looked like Justin was climbing out of the frame the way his leg is kicked up.

Another relatively simple cut & paste job.  I'm sure I'll get comments for not using the five word Angels team name, but screw that.
I've been contemplating a couple original insert sets, but haven't found all the graphical elements yet.  Stay Tuned.  (July 2010)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tribute to 1968 Topps - Priest Holmes


My favorite football design picturing my favorite player.  (July 2010) 

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Tribute to 1974 Topps - Priest Holmes

A classic but simple design.  Was able to patch the lettering together.  It makes things much easier if you use perfectly straight pictures to customize.  (July 2010)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tribute to 1965 Topps - Brian Matusz

Toughest part about this one is the lettering.  I couldn't find enough even gray backgrounded names to cut and paste the name.  So I compromised and used Arial Black and just typed it out.  Photo fits nice though. (June 2010)

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Tribute to 1971 Topps - Livan Hernandez (x2)

'71 Topps is my all-time favorite design, so you may see more of this tribute set from me later.  Promise I'll start using other players too.  Once you get the white frame isolated and the lettering culled from actual card photos, these are a snap.  (June 2010)