Saturday, June 24, 2017

Barry Lyons project: 1986

While on vacation, I had the chance to meet former MLB catcher Barry Lyons. He was nice enough to sign some custom cards for me and enjoyed seeing the customs that I made, especially the White Sox one. I decided to try to finish his career run of cards from every major brand, starting with 1986 sets. I plan to post every year, and if I can figure out how to do it, I would love to make a cards start to finish while explaining each step and somehow video it and basically make a post/video on how to make a custom in MS Paint. Perhaps if I need to I'll show some things I do in GIMP and try to give tips on how to do certain steps while making a custom. I'm not the best at making customs, but with the Facebook Custom Cards Page growing like crazy, I have noticed a good number of people wanting to get tips on how to make customs, and I am happy to share what I know. With that being said, here are the 1986 Barry Lyons cards.



Thanks for checking out my latest customs.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Back from vacation

I haven't posted in a good while. Part of it is due to just life being busy, having a baby to take care of, and being on vacation the last week. The other part is just plain and simple that I have been playing WGT MLB baseball on my phone during my lunch break, which was one of the main times I would post.  With that being said, I did get a chance to make some customs and get them signed while I was on vacation.

The plan was to drive to Dallas, TX to see one of my sisters, spend 2 days there, drive to Houston to see an Astros game, and then drive to Corpus Christi to see my mom and stepdad for 4 days before making the 20 hour trip back to Florida. A few weeks before we left, I was working on some 1991 Topps missing Dodgers, and while searching for a Barry Lyons photo, I saw that he was doing a baseball camp in Biloxi, MS, where we had wanted to stop at on our trip. I thought it would be nice to give Barry some cards to hand out to the campers, so I got all of his cards from my binders, and made the rest of his career Topps run (1990 Traded, 1991, 1991 Traded, 1992, and 1996). I got to the camp, and Barry was giving introductions in the batting cage under the stadium (the first time I had ever been in a clubhouse of any kind). After he was done, I showed him the customs and he was gracious to sign a copy of each, and got a kick out of the White Sox card I had made since I wasn't able to find any photos of him as a White Sock. Here are the photos of the customs.

 We went to Dallas, had fun with my sister and saw her new baby girl, and then headed to Houston.  I almost caught a ball at batting practice, but lets just say that a greasy adult suckered his grade-school aged son to cry as I was on my hands and knees with the ball firmly planted in my glove and hands, so I let it go rather than keep the ball for my 7 month old son who was attending his first MLB game.  I would've really liked to get my son a ball at his first Big League game, but I guess there will be others and we still have the tickets. I also saw the Astros bat around against the Rangers in the 6th. Glad we didn't have to see a pitcher bat and break the inning up.
While in Corpus, my stepdad and I went looking for nearby card shops, and were only able to find an antique store that had a bunch of overpriced 50's and 60's cards mostly. I did find a poor Gary Carter rookie in a 75% off bin, so it was like 5 bucks and I got it.

We also saw a Corpus Christi Hooks game, and me and my stepdad got to go on the field in the middle of the 4th and toss fries into a bucket to try to win a prize. It was super windy, and I didn't get any in, and my stepdad got his 3rd to last fry in to take the win. All in all, it was a fun trip, and I was happy to get a few autographs and a Gary Carter rookie. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Topps LA Dodgers 1998-2001

I finally finished the last Dodger custom, and now every Dodger who played a game from 1988-2000 has a Topps card. Here are the final 4 sets.




Shane Victorino by Richard of the Facebook Custom Card Group


 Orel Hershiser by GCRL blog

I will be adding all of the Dodger customs to an album on the Facebook Custom Cards page, so if you want to see all of the cards at once, that will be the place to go. I may do a few customs this next week, but between getting ready for a big trip next week and work, I probably won't have much free time. I hope you've enjoyed these last Dodger customs and got to see some names that haven't got much love on cardboard. Thanks for checking out my blog.