Monday, March 25, 2019

Update 3-25

Over the past 3-4 days, I have finished a number of missing player checklists, enabling me to have complete missing player checklists for the 1972-2001 Topps sets. I have also been able to update each of those set pages and added a template at the bottom of the checklist featuring the correct font to go with each set, if you ever decide to try your hand at making customs with any of the templates I have added with each set.  My plan is to get the missing player checklists for the 1964-1971 Topps sets done, and then call it quits with checklists, except for perhaps the 1951 and 1952 Topps ones. It seems that not too many people make customs with the '53-'63 Topps sets, plus the fact that those ones are a little more difficult to work with has led me to this decision.

I have also finished (basically) all of the manager/coach cards in the 1993 Topps sets, and have started with some of the AL teams. I still have coach cards for the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins for that set, but since I am doing the cards in numerical order and those cards are at the end of the checklist, I won't see them for a while.

My wife's surgery went well, but I think the real test will be in the coming days/weeks when we will hopefully see all of the headaches go away. I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers from anyone who read my last post.

I will leave you with some of the latest customs I have done in the '93 Topps set.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Finishing checklists

Lately, I really have been meaning to work on the 1993 Topps set, but I have just got sidetracked with making missing player checklists. I have got some of the cards done in the '93 set, but its just not very enjoyable right now with all of the dual coach cutout cards needing to be done. 

I did, however, finish the missing player checklists to the '77, '80, and '81 Topps sets, which means that I have all of the missing player checklists finished to the 1977-2001 Topps sets, almost 25 years worth of missing players. What I have noticed with guys that have posted customs online is that they either make newer versions of already produced cards, they make newer guys on older set designs, or they are like me, and make missing players, but unlike me, they don't prefer the '90's, but prefer the late '60's and almost all of the '70's. I am hoping that I can finish out the '70's and then get maybe halfway done with the '60's missing players checklists. Once that is done, I will try to gather all of the customs that are already done, and then try to keep up with new ones as I see them being made. 

I may have some free time to work on customs/checklists over the next week, although not really for the reason I want. My wife has had medical issues with her head since before I knew her, but it has really got worse in the last 5 years. We have some scans and probably procedures scheduled at her Neurosurgeon's hospital in the next 5 days, and my work has been nice to let me use some vacation time on short notice, so I will be accompanying her there, and maybe doing custom work will take my mind off of everything. We thought we have found the answer to the problems with her probably 4-5 times in the past, but I am optimistic that they can find what they are looking for, and then address the problem, and maybe, just maybe we can get her to function like a normal adult. She is a fighter, so we have that going for her. It's nothing really serious, just gives her a lot of pain that she has to grit her way through everyday, but still, I know she is ready for relief. 

Since I don't want to bore you with an only text/update post, here are some customs I have made for each of the recent checklists I have complete. 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

All-Star Managers and Coaches

I haven't really been making post with regular themes lately, other than cards I have added to my collection, and although I did get a few hanging boxes lately ('19 Topps and '19 Heritage), they didn't contain anything special, and I didn't really want to waste a post on a random hanging box just for the sake of posting.
With that being said, the idea popped into my head last night to post all of the All-Star Manager and Coach cards I have made. I am coming up on the All-Star Manager and Coach cards in the 1993 Topps set, so that's where I got the idea from.

Let's start in 1983. This is the first set I really started making them in, although I had definitely added them to the checklists of earlier sets.  There isn't really that many places to search for All-Star coaches. Wikipedia and BB Reference do tell us the managers, though. For the '82 game, it was Billy Martin and Bob Lemon for the AL, and Tony LaRussa for the NL. Bob Lemon was fired after the '81 season, so in a normal year, the managers from the previous seasons' World Series game would be the All-Star managers. For the '82 game, Billy Martin was chosen to be the replacement in the AL. Here are their '83 Topps All-Star cards.

 I just finished making these cards a few weeks ago, and I really wish Topps would've given us All-Star manager and coach cards in all of their sets, but especially the '84 set.

 I haven't done '85, but here are the '86 Topps AS MGR cards, as well as one for Bobby Cox, the only coach I could find in the '85 game.

 In 1987, they didn't have the positions on the front, but the Managers were Howser and Herzog, and the coaches McNamara, Johnson, and Lasorda, each of whom would be All-Star managers in following years (McNamara and Johnson in the '87 game, and Lasorda in the '89 game.

 I haven't toyed with the '88 set, so here are the '89 cards, again with coaches.

 1990 didn't have positions listed again. Tommy Lasorda and Tony LaRussa managed the '89 game for leading their clubs to the '88 World Series.

 1991 didn't have positions listed again, but it was LaRussa and Roger Craig as the managers. I haven't got around to making the Craig, so the one you see down below Tony is a Joe Morgan coach card.

 I pulled out all of the stops in 1992, making backs to the entire set, something I will probably never do again. The Managers were Lou Piniella and LaRussa (again), and you can tell with the first few cards that I was just starting out, and that the last ones I was definitely getting better. I chose random stats and standings to put on the back of each one.

 There were a number of coaches in the '93 All-Star game, as you can see here. The managers were Bobby Cox and Cito Gaston.

After the '94 set, Topps put All-Stars in the 1995 set, and they were left out of the set until 2003, when they put in (guess what??) Managers!!!  I still will add coaches to the 2003-present sets.
As soon as I finish the coach cards in the 1993 Topps set, I will work on the All-Star manager and coach cards, with Bobby Cox and Tom Kelly being the managers for the '92 game.

I have finished the '84 set recently, have been making headway in the '93 set, and am 3 teams done from finishing the '81 Topps checklist. With all that being done, I am thinking about adding another thing to my plate by creating a Twitter account, mainly to post alot of the customs I make. I just don't want to mess up if I do create the account and I want to do everything professionally and not appear like a noob. So, a few questions...

First, what should I post? A random card? Groups of cards? A card of the day? What would attract people to follow my account?

Second, I notice there are a number of baseball players who I have made customs of that own Twitter accounts. Should I try to add them as followers first, and them post customs of them and tag them? Should I just post, and see if I can get the players as followers if these customs spread by word of mouth?

Third, should I add all of the MLB team accounts? Would Topps kill me if I added them and they saw that I was making customs using their designs?

I'm probably forgetting a few other questions, but these were the main ones. I don't even know if anyone would want to follow a Topps Cards that Never Were Twitter page, but if there is enough interest, I could create one. #ToppsCardsthatNeverWere.

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