Fun with Micro Cards – Time Capsule Relics

After spending countless hours on this latest custom, I figured it warranted writing an article about it, and sharing some pictures about how my newest creation was born. But first, I'd like to show off a few custom booklet cards I did for my pc a while ago - I actually redid them and bought one touch magnetic holders for them. Here is my "Tanner's Thread's" booklet v. 2.0: And the 2.0 version of the Rookie recollection book (the one I did with actual pieces of Canseco's rookie cards, along with game used pieces of his jersey and bat) They

A Custom Baseball Family Booklet

What card do you want so bad, that you have dreams about it at night? What makes it so attractive to you? Is it the 1 of 1 mark on the back? Perhaps the colored patch configuration. Or maybe it is simply because you cannot seem to get your hands on it. A friend was close to pulling the trigger on a buyback card - it was an early 90's 5 cent card that had a 1/1 stamp on the front. The price tag was $275 and he was considering it. This sort of thing is not for me, but

Fun with Magazines

As a child of the late 80's and early 90's, I grew accustomed to the various magazines. While Beckett was a staple in my day to day reading (gotta keep an eye on those up and down arrows!) I was familiar with the oversized tuff stuff, and "high end" legends magazine. While Beckett had them all beat by a longshot, the other magazines had wonderful articles and even tried to spice up their offerings with some free panels of cards. Even as a kid, I don't think I ever put much value on these. I always kept thinking about a

Custom Cut Auto & Ticket Cards

In the past several months that I have been doing customs, I have found myself to fall deeper and deeper in love with the hobby. Not necessarily just custom making, but collecting in general. In some ways, I see custom card creation as the next evolutionary stage in collecting. A sort of way to create THE card that no one else has or will, with material that means so much to you. For me, it is difficult to keep things that are odd shaped. I've said it before and I'll say it again ... everything is better when it measures

Custom Gypsy Queen Mini for a Friend

A friend of mine came over today to pick up 100 boxes of unopened stuff - the last of my "new" stash (the '06 to '12 boxes).  I found out it was his birthday, so I thought this was perfect.  He had spent a long time building the 2012 Gypsy Queen set, and a while back, he sent me a pic of him in uniform while on the phone.  The pic was apparently taken by a flip phone camera, so I was a bit worried about quality. After we talked about the 8,000 pound cardboard gorilla in my garage, I

Starting my own card company – first offering inside!

OKAY, so maybe I'm not starting my own card company ... but I am looking and making some patch cards for the public. I've been accepting art commissions for a while now, so this is the first time I've made something cool to sell as-is like this before. As I watch baseball games these days, I can't help but see nothing but players wearing awesome patch cards all over themselves. As the camera zooms in, I think OOOHHH ... what an awesome letter set Samardzija would make ... not necessarily Ryu, though. Or ... OOOOH what an awesome commemorative patch

Update to previous post

UPDATE: I have now fully created 2 of them. One is a tweak from the original design, and the other is completely new. First, I had to make the frames to house the stitched pieces and ... voila! (chuckle) I say that as if it took a few minutes...nah ... all last night and all morning to come up with the following: Between the Stitches Gold Holofoil Black Stitch w/soon to be gold signature and, finally .... Signed & Stitched Silver Holofoil Green & Gold Stitch w/soon to be Silver signature I may just get the other 2 white faced

Custom Time: Between the Stitches

One card I have always loved the look of are Sweet Spot Signature cards. I think the idea was brilliant. Put a baseball cover embedded in a card, and have the player sign. Greatness! But the question looms: Do they really use actual baseballs? Upper Deck had various output issues. As you look at them through the years, you see different outcomes. Here is one that they did use a real baseball:   Kinda scrunched up. That isn't mind thing (though, if I had that card, I'm sure I'd be happy!) They also apparently tried a different type of material,

FOUND MY 29 YEAR WHITE WHALE! And the Reason for my Username!

To say I'm stoked, is a MASSIVE understatement. A VERY interesting story comes along with this whole thing too! To put it simply in one statement: I found it. My precious. My reason for collecting. The reason for my username. THE card I've been searching for ever since I read about it in Beckett back in the 1980's. If you lived in the Huntsville area of Alabama in the 1980's, you might remember the now-defunct grocery store chain "Mouschi's" ... (It is what I base my username after.) This is probably a familiar sight for you Alabamans: They were quite

Bigger, better Finest Rainbow

So, I redid some and added more ... First, my son went into my office with me yesterday evening while my wifey was gone. He has been itching to make some cards, so we made this for him: It is just a base card, not a refractor, because we didn't have time. (MUCH easier to make a base card, instead of a refractor). The others ... after TONS of tries are below. I enlarged the pic, and put an autograph box for later! Green Gold Blue Red Black SUPERFRACTOR!!!! WOWZERS!!!! GOOOLLLLDDDEEENNNN FIIIIIIIREEEEE!!!!! BOOMJUICEAWESOMESAUCEAMAZEBALLSMOJOBAZINGAMEOW!!!! (chuckles) The golden fire one might actually