Saturday, September 27, 2014

1990 Topps Mo Vaughn Draft Pick

Mo Vaughn was left off of the 1990 Topps #1 Draft Pick subset. I guess Topps thought Roger Salkeld and Tyler Houston were better players to put in the set. They did get it right with Frank Thomas, though. Topps gave Mo his first card in their 1991 Traded set. I remember the 1995 season where Albert Belle broke the 50 Home Run mark and thought for sure he would win the AL MVP award, but I think Vaughn's media-friendly personality won voters over. I think this card would've been pretty hot back in '95 had Topps made it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

1978 Topps Ted Turner

Recently, I made the last 2 cards for the 1st Series (1981 Minnie Minoso, and 1997 Alejandro Pena), and made the first 3 for the Second (1980 Disco Demolition Night Highlights, 1990 Bo Jackson All-Star Game Highlights, and 1993 Topps Stadium Club Derek Jeter 1st Day Issue). I had saved them as drafts, and planned on posting them 1 by 1, maybe 2 per week, until I was caught up. Unfortunatly, Blogger had other ideas, and posted them on the days they were first made as drafts, so I am now up to card #29, but some of the last 5 cards are out of order, so just throwing that out there in case you missed the last few cards.

Today's card is a 1978 Topps card of Ted Turner, who managed the Atlanta Braves for 1 game in 1977 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. I don't believe any card company has made a card of Mr. Turner, and I only saw 2 customs when I went searching on Google. Ted took over for manager Dave Bristol after the Braves lost 15 games. Ted had the Braves rallying in his lone game, down 2-1 in the 8th. With a runner on, he sent Darrel Chaney to pinch-hit, and Chaney hit a ground-rule Double. If it wouldn't have went over the wall, the run would've scored and the game would've been tied. Pirates manager Chuck Tanner (who would manage the Braves later in his career) sent in Goose Gossage, who retired the side and got the Save. After the game, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn declared that someone who owned part of a team couldn't manage it, and that was Turner's last game on the field. Braves coach Vern Benson took over for Turner, and later in the season, a man named Bobby Cox would manage the team. 34 years later, Cox would be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so it wasn't a totally bad year for the Braves in 1977. Turner would own the Braves until 1996, the year after they would win their only World Championship Trophy for him.

Friday, September 12, 2014

1982 Topps Ryne Sandberg

A 1982 Topps Ryne Sandberg isn't a new idea. Heck, Topps even made one for their eTopps set a few years back. I decided I'd try my hand at one. I didn't realize that Ryno's first year was 1981. I figured that he debuted in 1982. That begs the question: Why didn't Topps make a card of him in 1982 or 1981? I may have to create a 1981 Topps Traded card. I will get some practice on the 1981 design, as the next card in Series 1 is a 1981 Topps Minnie Minoso.

1993 Stadium Club Derek Jeter 1st Day Issue

I hate the Yankees. I hate Derek Jeter. So why am I making a card of him? Because Topps Stadium Club didn't feature him in their 1993 set. They had many other rookies, but failed to include any of the 1992 #1 Draft Picks. Since Stadium Club came out with the 1st Day Issue cards for the first time in 1993, which were limited to 2,000 of every card, this card would probably be one of Jeter's most popular cards. It should be mentioned that Jeter also didn't appear in the 1993 Topps Finest set. Beckett did a 1993 Finest Jeter, and Topps included him in their 2001 Finest reprint set, and I may try a stab at a '93 Finest Jeter in the future as well. For now, here is his 1993 Stadium Club 1st Day Issue card.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1997 Topps Alejandro Pena

Card #25 in the first series of my custom set was supposed to be a 1982 Topps Traded Wade Boggs card. I was excited about the 1981 Topps Minnie Minoso that I had just finished, and was even more excited about the next cards coming up after the '82 Traded Boggs (a 1980 Topps Disco Demolition Night Highlight card, a 1990 Topps Bo Jackson All-Star Game Highlight card, a 1978 Topps Ted Turner Manager card, and even the 1993 Topps Stadium Club Derek Jeter 1st Day Issue card, and I HATE the Yankee$). So I decided I would do cards #26 and 27 first (Disco Demolition and Bo Jackson) before I did #25 (the Boggs). I also had a list going of about 100 players who I followed growing up in the '90's who I believed Topps hadn't made a final card of. After checking on Wikipedia and Google, probably 80% of the players hadn't had a final Topps card. So I made a list of cards for Series 5 and 6, and have a partial list for Series 7. Now the last thing I could think about was a boring 1982 Topps Traded Wade Boggs card, and since other bloggers have done it, I decided to scrap the Boggs card, and put another card in it's place. I don't know why, but for some reason, Alejandro Pena stuck out at me. He played for the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers championship team (one of my favorite teams of all-time), he won 3 World Series titles, and pitched for a few decent playoff teams, and he was a decent pitcher in his prime, winning the NL ERA title in 1984, tying for the lead in Shutouts, and becoming a decent reliever after getting injured the following year. So, I decided to make his last Topps card, a 1997 one. It was pretty difficult finding letters that didn't take too much re-touching, and the back was easier than the front, but I'm happy with how this card turned out, apologies to Wade Boggs. The first series is done, and now to start the 2nd series will be card #26, 1980 Topps Disco Demolition Night Highlights.

Shout out to some great custom makers!

I wanted to dedicate this post to some great custom card makers. Many of the blogs I follow, others, I have just stumbled upon recently, but I wanted to let anyone who reads my blog know about them in case they missed them.

Similar to my blog, John from does cards that never were, like this 1952 Bowman Hoyt Wilhelm. I love some of the cards that he has come up with, like a 1981 Fleer Minnie Minoso.

The Shablotnik Report does customs that I've enjoyed following. I found out about the site while doing a search for Jacob deGrom cards. Turns out that the daughter of one of my co-workers is going to Mr. deGrom's wedding in a few weeks. Small world. I'm going to try to pass along the link to the card, and maybe Jacob will get to see it.

I have to admit, when I first saw this Andrew McCutchen custom from The Writer's Journey, I thought I found a picture of a sample of 2015 Topps cards. It was that good. There are some custom card makers that could give Topps a real run for their money, and in my opinion, The Writer's Journey could put Topps out of business.

There are many other custom card blogs out there that I feel are doing a great job. Bob Lemke does some great cards that never were as well, and he also does the backs of them. He was nice enough to give me some pointers when I was just starting out.
Punk Rock Paint also does some great custom cards, and did a great series a few months ago based on the 'Choose your own Adventure' books. I hope you find some of these other blogs enjoyable.


Monday, September 8, 2014

1990 Topps Bo Jackson Highlights

Topps gave Bo a base card in 1990, but left him off of the All-Star subset even though he was the Game's MVP. Donruss gave him an All-Star card, and Score and Upper Deck had cards that highlighted the 448-foot Home Run he hit in the 1st Inning. Topps didn't have a Highlight subset in the 1990 set, only Record Breakers and All-Stars. I decided to give Bo a card highlighting his Home Run. Maybe in one of the future series, I'll make the former Auburn Tiger a 1990 Topps All-Star card too. I have some really good ideas for cards for Series 5 (the next checklist I'm working on) and am excited for many of the cards in Series 2, 3, and 4. Here is card #2 in Series 2, and #27 in the set.

1980 Topps Highlights: Disco Demolition Night

While Topps hasn't normally done Highlight cards of promotions, and Disco Demolition Night was more of a catastrophy than a highlight, I thought I would make this card protraying one of the most memorable promotions in Major League History. In 1979, Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck wanted to generate more ticket sales, so he decided to have Disco Demolition Night during the middle of a doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers on July 12. A local DJ invited listeners to come to the game, which helped lead to the boost in attendance for the game. People could attend the game for 98 cents, and were invited to bring disco records to be burned/exploded in a giant bin in centerfield during the middle of the 2 games. The Sox drew a little over 15,000 people to the previous night's game, and Veeck expected maybe 10,000 to 15,000 more people to come to Disco Demolition Night. Over 50,000 people came. During the first game, many fans threw records on to the field. Many people broke into the stadium through windows and openings once the gates were locked. After the records were blown up, fans poured onto the field, tearing up grass, stealing the bases, and climbing the foul poles. The field had a hole in it from where the records were destroyed, and players could smell pot smoke and feared for their safety as fans chucked empty liquor bottles onto the field. The second game was postponed, and untimately forfieted. I don't believe any card companies have made cards comemmorating Disco Demolition Night, and I was surprised, seeing how Tristar Obak had a few cards that were different (first person to sell hot dogs at a baseball game, first person to catalogue baseball cards, inventor of Heisman Trophy), and all of the random cards that are in the Goodwin Champions and Allen/Ginter sets. Here is what Topps may have had their Disco Demolition Night card look like in their 1980 set.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

1991 Topps Jeff Bagwell

Jeff Bagwell got a card in the 1991 Topps Traded set featuring him as a Houston Astro, but never was featured as a Boston Red Sock. His 1991 Stadium Club card was hot at the time, and he was a pretty decent prospect, so I wonder why Topps didn't include him in the base set as part of their Future Star subset. Here is what his regular Topps card may have looked like in 1991.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

1981 Topps Minnie Minoso

Minnie Minoso first appeared in the Majors in 1949 with the Indians. His last season as a regular was 1964. He recieved a Topps card in 1964, but not 1965. He came out of retirement in 1976 and became the oldest player to get a hit, and Topps did put him in their 1977 set. Then, in 1980, Bill Veeck decided to let Minnie play in the White Sox's last 2 games, adding a spark to what was an otherwise miserable season. Topps, Donruss, and Fleer didn't include Mr. Minoso in their 1981 sets, although John from Cards That Never Were made a nice 1981 Fleer card. Minnie also played in Minor League games in 1993 and 2003 to get playing time in those decades. Who knows, he might just be able to play a game this year.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

1992 Topps Mike Piazza/Carlos Delgado Prospects

This card could've realistically happened. Both Piazza and Delgado appeared in the 1992 Bowman set, Lopez made it on Bowman a year earlier, and Wilson appeared on the 1991 Topps set in the #1 Draft Picks subset. They weren't as far along in the minors as Brad Ausmus and Dave Nilsson (who appeared on the original 1992 Topps Catchers Prospect card), but all 4 had potential. Piazza is a Hall of Famer in my mind, and I really think he should already be in. You could make a case for Lopez and Delgado. Lopez was the #1 catcher for most of the successful Atlanta Braves teams of the '90's, and he hit a good amount of Home Runs. Delgado had a 4-Home Run game, and he was at the top of the charts in HRs and RBIs at his peak. While probably not a Hall of Famer, Wilson played a good decade as the Seattle Mariners #1 catcher, and was an excellent defensive catcher. Finishing this card means there are only 4 more cards left in Series 1. There are some fun cards coming up, and I can't wait to get started.