Remember when Canseco shot himself in the finger? I created some customs using the bullets!

“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,

When Wade Boggs Gets Involved, Things Get Exciting!

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

My BIGGEST Custom Baseball Card So Far!

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!      

Bird is the Word

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

When a Grail Card of Your Favorite Player Doesn’t Exist

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!

Canseco’s 1988 World Series Grand Slam Cards

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.

I Created Four Custom Jumbo Patches for my Collection

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

I Created a Custom Fingerprint Jose Canseco Baseball Card

I've been wanting to do this for YEARS! Several months ago, a buddy of mine picked up a couple baseballs from Carlos, one of Jose's closest friends (a friend of mine as well). Much to my excitement, they had a a fingerprint on them in green ink of the 40-40 man. I've had the baseballs for several months now, and finally got around to creating it. Here is what it looks like along with the ball I haven't done anything yet with!

Showing off Customs & Cards While our AC is Busted

Greetings from mission control - where the lights are off, and game 2 of the ALCS is blaring so I can hear it above the 2 fans pointed at me.  The ALDS nearly killed me.  When you spend the first 12 years of your life as an A's fan in California, but have 28 years of Houston life under your belt, it is confusing who to root for.  This totally describes me last week. I was sad the A's lost, but it was a REALLY entertaining series.  The sheer amount of bombs hit makes me wonder if the playoff balls

Custom Baseball Cards for Weddings, Anniversary Gifts, Births, etc.

Creating customs of monumental personal life events is my favorite.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE creating Canseco customs for my personal collection and such, but there is something about creating anniversary gifts, baby births, etc.  I wanted to share a few here!  If you are interested in having one done for you, contact me at tanmanbaseballfan@gmail.com :) Wedding Anniversary Gift This was actually done as part of a trade to get some Canseco cards in my collection :)  My buddy sent over a few photographs and some relics from his wedding.  I created this! There are six pieces shown,