Friday, February 24, 2017

1997 Topps #509 Tim Wallach

Tim Wallach played in the Majors from 1980-1996. He played for the Montreal Expos from 1980-1992, the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1993-1995, and split his final season with the California Angels and the Dodgers in 1996.  Tim got back to the bigs in 2004 as a coach with the Dodgers, and stayed with them through the end of 2005. After some gigs in the minors, he was back with the Dodgers in 2011, and was with them through the end of the 2015 season. He coached with the Miami Marlins in 2016, and is with them currently.

Tim got his first Topps card in the 1982 set, and appeared in every one through the 1995 set. He is missing a 1981 rookie and a 1996 Topps card to complete his career Topps run after I made this 1997 Topps custom sunset card of Tim. He needs cards from the 2005, 2006, and 2012-2018 Topps sets as a coach.

I got a good amount of custom work done today. I posted the finalized 1995 Topps checklist (thanks Paul for the help with it!), added some 2017 Topps cards from the custom card group on Facebook to my 2017 Topps file (thanks Richard for those!), and I updated all of the checklists on here as well. All of the Topps sets from 1989-1995 should now have complete checklists listed with team abbreviations next to the player names. 1996 should be an easy checklist to make since I've had the '96 complete set for a while and know it pretty good, but the 1997-2000 checklists are going to be tough, and I would totally appreciate anyone who would like to help me with them.
I placed my order on COMC, and as soon as I get it, I will post all the goodies I got. Among some of the cards were a bunch of autographed and memorabilia cards for my Favorite Player Collection, a 1992 Donruss Elite card (Howard Johnson), an '89 Upper Deck Ken Griffey, Jr, and the first cards in my collection of Kyler Burke (my 3-month old son's name is Kyler). Some cool stuff, and I can't wait to add them to my colletions. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

1995 Topps #669 Bruce Hurst

Bruce Hurst played in the Majors for 15 seasons. He pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 1980-1988. He signed as a free agent with the Padres, and pitched with them through the middle of the 1993 season when he was traded to the Colorado Rockies. He played his final season in the Bigs with the Texas Rangers in 1994. He finished his career with a 145-113 record, 1,689 strikeouts, and a 3.92 ERA with 23 shutouts.

Hurst got his first Topps card in 1980 on a 3-player rookie card, and got another 3-player card in 1981. He got his first Topps card to himself in 1982, and appeared in every regular Topps set through the 1993 set. He also got a 1989 Topps Traded card. Bruce is only missing a 1994 Topps card to complete his career Topps run after this 1995 Topps sunset custom that I made.

I recently ordered some cards online to beef up my player collection. With a 3-month old here, the money for cards just isn't in the budget sometimes, so I figured I would use some money from our tax return to help add some autographs and jersey cards of guys in my player collection. I mainly got some stuff from eBay, and I'll probably place an order on COMC in a week or two when we actually get the check in the mail. I think once I get all of the cards I will do a post of everything. On top of that, my boss at work recently found out that I collect cards. He goes to a flea market almost every Wednesday, and the last 2 times he went, he came back with some cards for me. Nothing too special, mainly junk wax stuff, but I actually need some of it.  I have always tried to get cards autographed at games, and I did the through-the-mail autograph thing from 2004-2012. I got a ton of junk wax cards signed during that time, and when I sold a good chunk of my autographs in 2013, I got rid of all of the junk wax ones, so now, I need new ones to replace the ones I sold. The first week, I got a rack pack from 1987 and 1988 Topps and got a few guys I needed, and this week, he got me 2 packs of '87 Topps, cards #700-800 of 1991 Upper Deck (which included a Jeff Bagwell rookie I didn't have), and a complete 1990 Topps set (no Frank Thomas No Name on Front, but I did get the regular one). I have a feeling that in a few months that I will have a ton of cards that I will need to put into binders (and I just organized all of them a few months back). I'll have to take a picture of all of the binders in my man-cave, but to give you an idea, I have at least 50,000 cards, probably closer to 100,000. My boss can bug me at times, but how many bosses get you cards?  I think I'll keep him. I have the custom stuff going (I'm still making cards, the 1995 checklist is almost done, and I'll probably work on getting the names of coaches for a few sets on Tuesday while my wife is getting cataract surgery on her eyes), and the real cards going with the cards coming through the mail and from my boss, and with all the stuff going on in my life besides that (work, wife, baby, dogs, housework, playing in the band at church), I don't think I'm going to have much free time. It's all good. The cards and customs help me relax and so does the blog. Thanks for reading.

Monday, February 13, 2017

1994 Topps Traded Update #TU6 Oil Can Boyd

Back in 1994, baseball went on strike, and I was 11 years old and just starting to become a huge baseball fan. I was old enough to know that there was no baseball that fall, but didn't really know why it was happening and all of the details. In 1995, the players were still on strike, and in March, replacement players were signed with the idea of having them play the 1995 season if the strike didn't end. The Chicago White Sox recruited Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd to pitch for them that spring. I remember my friend Donald telling me that Chicago signed Boyd, and I believe I knew about him, but probably didn't have any of his cards at that point. I really wished I would've saved more things from 1994-1995. It has been a horrible chore trying to find out just the names of replacement players, let alone getting any pictures to make cards with. There are a few pages that list a name or two, but nothing too big. Box scores in newspapers have been surprisingly hard to find, and even with the 2 or 3 that I've found, they are pretty useless since they don't list first names.

Boyd came to the Majors in 1982 with the Red Sox. He pitched for them through 1989, then played for the Expos in 1990. His final year in the Majors was 1991 where he pitched for both the Expos and Rangers. He pitched in the replacement Spring Training in 1994 for the White Sox, and that was the extent of his time in the Majors. Surprisingly, even his wikipedia page doesn't note his time as a replacement player, although a list of 1995 replacement players on wikipedia has him listed with them, as well as this article and a few others.

Dennis got his first Topps card in the 1985 Topps set, and appeared in every set from 1985-1992. He also got into the 1990 Topps Traded set. He is missing 1983 and 1984 Topps cards to complete his career Topps run.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

World Series Winners Part 4: 1994 Topps #814 Ken Dayley

It's been a while since I've posted an actual card, so here is a 1994 Topps Ken Dayley. Ken pitched for the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays who won the '93 World Series. He came up to the Majors in 1982 with the Atlanta Braves, and pitched with them in 1983 and 1984. Midway through the '84 season, the Cardinals traded for him, and he played with them until the end of the 1990 season. He signed with the Blue Jays as a free agent, and pitched for them in 1991. He was injured for all of 1992, and
came back in 1993, his final season.

Ken got his first Topps card in the 1983 set. He got a regular card and a Traded card in the 1984 set. He was left off of the 1985 set, then appeared in the 1986-1992 sets. Ken is missing a 1985 Topps card to complete his career Topps run after I made this 1994 Topps custom. I may put him in the 1993 set as well.

I updated the checklist page and made a partial checklist for the 2017 Topps set, since Topps has the 2017 templates on their customs page. I will be listing the managers/coaches for now, and add draft picks and the rest of the players once the draft happens and the checklists for Series 2 and Update come out.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017 Topps

After much pain and worrying, I was able to get my hands on 2 jumbo packs of 2017 Topps. I thought I would run to Target while I was on break today, and just as I figured, they didn't have any. I had enough time to run to Walmart before I needed to get back to work, and they didn't have any either. Before I went back, I called a card store that was about 10 minutes away, and they said they had some, so after work, I went by and got the first 2 jumbo packs from the store. Here is my first card of 2017.

 Keon Broxton was my first card. I was kind of hoping for Sonny Gray, since he was my first card last year.  Up next are my favorite teams, the Tigers and Rays.  I got a sweet Logan Morrison, Kevin Kiermaier, Drew Smyly, and Chris Archer of the Rays, and Jordan Zimmerman of the Tigers.
 Overall, I think I got a good number of Rays, but was hoping for a few more Tigers. The good news is that I only got 2 Yankees in the base set, and 3 total. Not very many times you get more Rays than Yankees in a group of packs.
I only got 2 guys in my Favorite Player Collection, David Ortiz, and Steve Pearce (my classmate in Chemistry class in High School). Now I only have 2-3 more base cards of Pearce to go, and I will have all of his cards in the '17 Topps/Update set.
 On to the insers. I got some promo card of Don Mattingly where it advertised Topps Bunt and Topps Now on the back, 2 '87 cards (Clayton Kershaw and Roid-ger Clemens). I liked the '87 insert set. I think what I liked was the fact that they had the stamp on them and that they were regular sized and not a mini set like the previous '87 tribute set. I got a First Pitch insert of Deshauna Barber, an '85 Topps buyback of Rafael Ramirez (I kind of like the stamp on it as well), and 2 of those lame holiday or whatever inserts (Carlos Rodon and Stan Musial). The design isn't that good, and I don't understand the whole thing with the holidays, and how exactly they tie in to legends. I got 2 of the Bowman inserts (David Price and Buster Posey), and I really like them. I like how they have the Bowman rookie card on them, and also incorporate the '17 Bowman design in them. It's kind of weird how they don't have the inserts in Bowman and didn't make the inserts be a Topps-themed one, but I guess I'm ok with that. I got a rainbow parallel of Ryan Flaherty, and a gold parallel League Leader card of DJ LaMahieu. I don't care for how the League Leader cards don't have 3 players on them. Just another way for Topps to keep players out of the set. If they do HR, RBI, AVG, W, SO, and ERA for each league, that's 12 cards that could've been made of players who were left off of the set. Looks like I'll have tons of customs to do this year. Lastly, it wasn't an insert, but I included a World Series highlights card of Aroldis Chapman (I have a mini-collection going of season/postseason highlight cards).
Overall, there were some hits and some misses in the 2017 set, I'll probably get a few more packs of Series 1 like I usually do. I think as bad as cards are getting, it will still take a big thing to get me to quit buying packs. I don't like how the backs have all the wasted space, Twitter handles, and don't include the full career stats. For one, not everyone has a Twitter/Instagram account. I like how on cards like Paul Goldschmidt's, where the player doesn't have one, that they waste the space by putting Topps' Twitter/Instagram account info. Way to advertise!  Also, I'm not a fan of the stats on the back not having the complete career on them. I know I'm not the only one who's looking forward to pulling that sunset card of David Ortiz (card #350) with the last 5 years of his career on it. If my son was a little older and pulled the card, he would never know that David was the last Red Sock to hit 50 HRs in a season. In a few more years, if Topps keeps this up, he won't know that Miguel Cabrera was the first player since Carl Yastrzemski in 1968 to win a Triple Crown. People keep saying that you can look up the stats on your phone, but I don't see why a phone and baseball cards should intermingle. If I am looking at cards, the only thing I need my phone for is perhaps to look up info on another card, maybe looking up a roster if I am trying to pull cards to get signed at a game, or maybe see if a card was a variation or SP or something (if I was into that). Phones are great and all, but the back of a card is for stats and a btief bio. It's great that the internet has stats and that you can look them up on your phone, but let the cards have the full stats for when you are looking at the cards, and let the internet keep the stats so you can look at them when the cards aren't available. Enough said.
On the bright side, the Bowman inserts were great, and the '87 inserts and the buyback cards were a nice surprise for me, as well as getting a larger number of Rays cards than I would've expected. I hope everyone else fared as well on their first packs.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

1990 Topps: What I have so far (#'s793-850)

I wanted to find a way to post some of the customs that I have done for each set so everyone can see them the way I do. I have each set's cards in a seperate file on my computer, and I add files to them as new cards are made by myself or others. I came up with an idea to post cards in groups of 50 from each set. Many of the sets have the first 20 or so done already with a good amount done in between as well. The missing ones should be easy to make, especially with the templates already done.

First up is the 1990 Topps set. Here are cards #792-805 with notes on a few of the cards.

793. Mike Schmidt

794. Mike Schmidt All-Star
Mike was selected to the 1989 All-Star Game starting lineup even though he had retired in May 1989 before the game happened in July. 

795. Bo Jackson Highlights ('89 All-Star Game HR)

796. Mo Vaughn Draft Pick

797. Pete Rose Manager 
He was suspended in 1989 and replaced by Tommy Helms. Since Topps only made 1 manager card per team, Helms got the 1990 card.

798. Dave Dravecky Highlights (came back from cancer in his pitching arm to pitch in the Majors in 1989)

799. Dick Pole

800. Guillermo (I'm not Willie) Hernandez

801. Checklist 7 (I did backs to these so I can put them in my albums)
802.Tommy John by GCRL

803.Nasty Boys by Jays Cards and Stuff (this blog is no longer up, but had some nice customs. Hope it reappears someday). 

804. Dave Stewart World Series Highlights

805. Nolan Ryan Highlights (5000th Strikeout)

806.Goose Gossage by Richard

807. Tom Goodwin Draft Pick

808. Chuck Knoblauch Draft Pick

809. Todd Jones Draft Pick

810. Neil Allen

811. Chris Bando
This card was a pain to make. I did a search for Chris Bando Athletics, and the only A's photos I found were a black and white one of Chris, and a ton of Sal Bando. I took one of him from his coaching career, and photoshopped it to get this. If I can find a better one, this one will definitely get remade.

812. Billy Beane

813. Buddy Bell

814. Bob Brenly

815. Leon Durham

816. Tim Flannery

817. Bob Forsch

818. Greg Gross

819. Glenn Hoffman

820. Glenn Hubbard

821. Keith Moreland

822. Dwayne Murphy

823. Dave Palmer
Another one I had to photoshop.

824. Kent Tekulve

825. Steve Trout

826. Joel Youngblood

827.Will Clark NLCS Highlights by Richard

828. Chris Brown

829. Bill Dawley

830. Dave Otto

831. Brian Snyder

832. Doug Jennings

833. Scott Hemond

834. Dann Howitt

835. Dick Scott

836.Dave Duncan Coach by Richard

837. Rene Lachemann Coach

838. Art Kusnyer Coach

839. Dave McKay Coach

840. Tommie Reynolds Coach

841. Merv Rettenmund Coach

842. Stu Tate (former Auburn alum and one of my favorite players)

843. Jamie Quirk

844. Larry Rothschild Coach

845. Ozzie Virgil

846. Kevin Batiste

847. Xavier Hernandez

848. DeWayne Buice
This was an awkward photo (the original one was horizontal, and had a watermark on the right side, so I had to cut it off funny), but this is probably one of the only Topps cards with a photo of an Upper Deck card on it. 

849. Jose Nunez

850. Chris Hoiles

Now that I am done with the first 50 or so cards in the 1990 set, I'll probably work on the 1991 set, and keep going up through the 2001 set, that way each set will get equal attention. I'll keep updating the cards as I get new blocks of 50 made, and I'll keep adding new ones that anyone emails me, so if you've ever wanted to help me out with customs, I have pages with the checklist for every set from 1989-2001 and all the templates on the sidebar. Speaking of the sidebar, I updated my page of players that I collect. While this blog is mainly for customs, I do collect baseball cards and have close to 100,000 cards and an extensive player collection. One of those players, Brody Koerner, just got his first MLB card in Donruss (Panini) Elite, so now I went from having every one of his cards (one minor league issue) to needing 20-50 (thanks Topps/Upper Deck/Donruss for inventing parallels. NOT!!!). If anyone ever wants to try to make some trades, I'm open to it. I might not be able to trade as much as other bloggers, but I might be able to swing a few trades a year cumulatively. I'll probably try to pick up some 2017 Topps cards when they come out and will make a post of what I get once I get some. I'm still not sure of the official release date of the flagship brand. Some sites have Feb. 1st, and others have the 8th. If anyone can hep clear the confusion that would be awesome.

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