This week, I had several things going on. I updated my checklist up to 2014, which took HOURS, but it was worth it. The only downside I see is how many cards are out there that I will never see. Did you know that Canseco has over 300 cards that are 1/1’s alone? Crazy! Hopefully my checklist will assist others when they are digging in their collections to sell me Canseco cards I don’t have.
One of the cards that came in this week was a 2015 Gypsy Queen Canseco autographed mini #/10. Topps never put it in a frame, so I bought a donor GQ card, pulled out the mini relic and wrapped it around my new Canseco mini Auto. I think it looks MUCH better than just some tiny card floating in a regular sized card holder.
Speaking of frames, I ended up having some fun with the lego theme, and started thinking what if I actually embedded a lego piece IN the card? It could be a “game used relic”.
I LOVE how it came out. Red ink, the 1/1 notation. If you look closely, you will see a mustache. Jose said “Ahh, I see the mustache…that’s old school!” I don’t think he knew that the mustache wasn’t his. Truth be told, it is mine.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated mini customs for me to finish up is the card I made from a piece of the game used bat I chopped up. It is thicker than a regular mini, so I ended up having to design and make a custom frame for it. I didn’t want something that looked like it was created in celebration of the supreme court’s recent decision like the A&G frame, but I also didn’t want something as plain as the GQ frame, either.
After several iterations, here is what I came up with: Oh yeah, Canseco signed his game used bat card, of course!
I love how the refractive qualities of the frame go with the wood of the card & hope a real card company will do something similar with their frames.
I had him hand number the knob slice, photoshopped the Yankees hat on him, and voila!
That’s all for this week, kids. Don’t forget to tune in here next week when I attempt to make a custom Mike Trout 1/1 out of a real fish and some relish!