When I first started creating custom cards for my collection, it was mainly because Canseco wasn’t found in some of the newer releases that I wished he had been included in.  While creating new cards were fun, I also wanted to try my hand at recreating my favorite player on one of the most iconic cards, ever:  1934 Goudey.

About 7 years ago or so, I picked up some 2008 Goudey to draw inspiration from.

I absolutely loved the bottom of this.  My wife suggested I create a card with me at the bottom instead!

Using this picture …

and this hat from a guy who looks a lot like me (right?) …

I created this!

The background artwork of 1934 Goudey always reminded me of some sort of a ski slope.  I don’t know why.

I thought I’d have a bit of fun with a custom …

For those of you who don’t remember, let me refresh your memory …

Poor, poor Jose.  I *loathe* watching those “Baseball’s 100 goofiest plays” countdown shows – #1 is always, ALWAYS my main man having the ball bounce off his head, over the fence for a home run.

As a result, I created this!

The creation of this card was really at the very beginning of my Canseco supercollecting journey. It may even pre-date it, I don’t recall, but it highlights the fact that I love 1934 Goudey…even before I was a vintage collector!  Fast forward several years, I find myself hopelessly in love with pre-war cardboard.

Part of the fun about collecting vintage cards for me is being able to acquire cards that I remember as a child.  Not cards that I had, but rather, cards that graced the covers of price guides and magazines.

In 2019, (5 years after I created the above card) I went on a mission to pick up some of the most iconic cards ever, from some of the best players to ever play the game.  One of which was Lou Gehrig’s most famous card, ever: 1934 Goudey with the yellow background.  I picked it up for about $1,700.  I sold it, along with most all of my vintage about a year later in 2020 … you know … before the prices started getting crazy.  Ugh!

I started looking up prices so I could hopefully get another in my collection, and to my dismay, the card (rightfully so) increased tremendously.  The last 3 PSA 3s have sold for between $5,500 (severely cracked case) and $7,500.

The other day, I found a friend of mine was selling his.  I hit him up, and we ended up working a cash/trade deal!  That single card came with a LOT of packaging …

I am once again, happy to say that I am the proud owner of the card with the best dimples in the biz – the happiest card ever made!  The 1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig:

Making goofy Canseco cards sure is fun, but having THE Gehrig is simply next level.  I can’t stop staring at it, and love it way more than than I did the first time!

I figured it would make sense to put it together with my Ruth. So here they are together.  The engine of arguably baseball’s most insane lineup ever: Murderer’s Row.