Thursday, August 18, 2016

1999 Topps #492 Scott McClain

Scott McClain got his first appearance in the Majors in 1998 with the Rays. He spent the next to years in the minors before playing in Japan from 2001-2004. He got time with the Cubs in 2005, spent 2006 in the minors, before playing his final 2 seasons in the Majors with the Giants in 2007 and 2008. He spent 2009 in Japan before retiring.
Scott put up some great power numbers in the minors and Japan, but was unable to get significant playing time in the Majors. He gained some notoriety in 2008 when he hit his first Major League Home Run, becoming at 36, the oldest position player to hit his first Home Run.

Scott doesn't appear on any Topps cards, so he is missing cards from the 1999, 2006, and 2008-2009 sets. He did appear on a 1996 Bowman card. This 1999 custom gives Scott his rookie card, and leaves him with just 3 Topps cards needed to complete his career Topps run.

I am thinking about possibly posting templates of a few different years of Topps cards just to help out the custom card making community. Templates are hard to make sometimes, especially when the set has a different one for each team, but if custom card makers can share templates, that means more cards can be made and enjoyed by more people. The next time I get to working on customs, I think I am going to try to get templates for the 2001 Topps set started. Let me know if you think this is a worthwhile idea. Thanks for checking out my latest card.

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