This is a long one, boys and girls! If you like watching videos, check this out on my youtube channel. A while ago on my podcast, I asked my audience what was the ULTIMATE card for their favorite player. We came to the conclusion that there is probably no clear cut winning among many player collectors these days. Some may pick a PSA 10 rookie while others may pick a bat barrel. Still others may select a 98 Crusade Red of their favorite player, or a Superfractor. While the rarities and parallels they pump out these days may feel repetitive,
Could you imagine discovering the Old Judge original glass plate negatives from the Vermont Find in the mid 90s? I'll write more on that in a future article, but for now, I thought I'd share a pickup (and custom project) having to do with this find. In this find were photographs developed directly from the glass plate negatives from over 100 years ago. I was able to obtain a photograph of Abner Boyce. Abner Boyce was featured four times in the Old Judge set, and is on the Old Judge "scarce" list. His cards never surface, and it is a
When Topps revived the Allen & Ginter name, they did a remarkable job staying true to the brand, while introducing some really, and I mean realllly cool cards. Metal, stained glass, silk, wood, glow in the dark, rip, framed/not-framed, etc. It seemed to be only a matter of time when Topps would release the hounds, and create a superfractor version. It is something that many have been anticipating for years - the 19th century royal lineage of cardboard was on a collision course with the gold standard of 21st century baseball cards: the superfractor. But could Topps pull it off?
“You know, it's funny,” Canseco said. “I didn't realize I had shot my own finger off. ... Canseco then attempted to minimize the blood loss by lifting the hand over his head and squeezing on his wrist. He went to find his fiancée and told her, “Listen, I'm sorry, but I just shot my finger off.” In 2014, news broke that Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself in the finger. This all happened in the middle of my negotiations with his manager to do a private signing with him. Jose played on a team in an independent league, and as a promotional item,
A while back, I was doing some spring cleaning, and ran across these gems - they are believed to be my first ever custom cards! How'd I do? Apparently 12 year old Tanner left 41 year old Tanner an Easter egg that I didn't notice until now. Check the copyright on the Sosa LOL As the years progressed, I got a bit better, and found myself creating cards like crazy for my own collection. Eventually, people started commissioning me to do special pieces for their collections, and as gifts for others. I wanted to share a few here that I've
I'm super amped about this one - very happy with how it turned out! It is 6x9 and features multiple jumbo patches of softball superstar Kayla Kindler! Her dad commissioned me to create this. Here are some pics, with a video at the bottom! If you want something cool created for yourself or a loved one, hit me up!
Here is a custom I created of Mark The Bird Fidrych! The left shows the real card I made, the middle is the back, and the right is a photoshopped big bird patch I put in for fun :) The story of Fidrych is a fascinating one. He was a national sensation, who was as attractively eccentric to crowds as he was skilled as a pitcher. In 1976, when The Bird wasn't pitching, Detroit would have about 14k on hand. When he was pitching, the game attendance would swell on average to nearly 34k. Fans would
There are grail cards in the hobby that I'm halfway happy Canseco wasn't in for fear of how much it would cost, and halfway wish that he was because they are so beautiful. The 97 Finest Gold Refractor is a prime example of this. I finally decided to create one of my own. Here it is, complete with deckle edge, and atomic refractive properties!
10-15-88: Kirk Gibson did something big. I don't quite recall, but that's not important. Blah. Earlier in that game, the legend of Jose Canseco grew when he hit his first ever grand slam on the biggest stage in the world of baseball: Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The Home Run wasn't run of the mill, either. It was a 400ft line drive missile to straight away center field, and actually dented the NBC camera it hit! (Here's a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxLrDqpwYn8 ) In 2003, Topps commemorated this missile grand slam by creating a Canseco card for it.
Recently, I was shown an amazing collection of jumbo patch cards of various players. I *LOVE* jumbo patch cards - the problem is that my favorite player doesn't have too terribly many of them, and far fewer logo jumbo patch cards. I thought I'd "go back to my roots" and create some cards of my main dude inspired by designs of sets I wished he was in - as you can see, I amped them up quite a bit too :) It has been a while - here they are! Obviously, these aren't game used patches, but they still mean