Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A few random Tigers customs

I have been working on making these missing player checklists for a few years now, and sometimes I will admit that the checklists have gotten in the way of allowing me to make customs. I have been trying to go hard core at the checklists for the past month or so in order to try to get me closer to finishing them all (traded and yearbook style). The yearbook style ones are finished, and in traded style, I have '51-'69, and '83-'87 done (perhaps a few more as well, I will know as I work my way through all of them). That leaves me with approximately 45 more sets to go through. That is approximately 6 sets for me to get done per month if I want to get them done by the end of the year. If I can do a few teams per day, that should help. I can usually have an hour or so when I get home from work, and right now in the winter/spring when the lawn doesn't need to be mowed every week, a full off day to get at them during the week. I usually have Sundays off, which allows me to get a few done while everyone is napping or watching TV. I think I might have a shot at finishing them by the end of the year, which would allow me to actually make more customs.

With that being said, I have took a little time to work on customs (and templates) when I just needed a break from going through rosters and crossing out names. While doing so, I have worked with some of my Detroit Tiger templates to see how they came out. Here are a few ones I have done recently.

The Bertoia is a rookie card. The '69 guys were coaches on the '68 championship team. The '85 guys were coaches on the '84 championship team. The '03 cards were done just because I wanted to work with the template and see how it looked, and the '14 Leyland is his sunset card. The '53 Bertia and a few of the '68 cards were colorized. I really don't get into pre-1980's baseball that much just because I started following the sport in the early '90's and don't recognize many of the names of '50's guys who aren't stars, but it has been enjoyable doing some pre-'80's customs. I probably won't do a full set or anything from before 1980, but it doesn't mean I won't do a card or two. 

I would love to make more templates, especially a Tigers and Rays one for every set, but dang, they take a while to do. There are a lot of sets ('54, '73, '75, '76, etc.) which have multiple color or position variations per team. When you have 25-30 teams per set, it can get tedious and time consuming. With that being said, I have templates for every team for the 1951, 1952, 1964, 1965, 1968, and 1986-2001 sets. Other sets like 1957, 1962, and 1970 have basic templates where you can just download the correct font and type out the team name. Still others like 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, are easy to make cards of on the Topps website. I have posted links to the correct fonts for each set as well as an example of the correct fonts for all of the sets I have complete checklists to so far (1951-1969), so if you are into making customs, there are some treats for you. Just check the checklist pages for each set located to the right of my blog in desktop mode. 

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  1. Jeremy, I never get tired of these customs you make. Never realized that 2003 Tigers team had 3 former Dodgers coaching for them. And all 3 sign ttm.

  2. That 85T of Craig is awesome! Didn't realize he was part of the Tigers coaching staff until today.