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Archive for April, 2011

1984 Topps – Kevin Plawecki

For some reason I have always admired catchers. I guess that is why the most cards from any one position usually are from the catcher for each team. This is the second card of Kevin’s that I have posted tonight. I made a couple before heading down to West Lafayette to see the Boilers play. I remade my ’84 Topps template for the Boilers. I was going to use black lettering, but stuck with the gold. I think that it turned out pretty good. (more…)


1986 Topps – Kevin Plawecki

Since I will be at Purdue all day today I thought that I would post some Boiler cards while I am gone. This one is of catcher Kevin Plawecki. I re-made my 1986 Topps template so that I can now make a card from almost any team. This set is now 25 years old, but I still like it. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – David Miller

The Purdue game against the Boilers will start shortly, and since I will be there I thought I would have this card post near the start time. The Boilers are in the midst of the Big Ten race, and this weekend series against their rivals the Hoosiers will go a long way towards decided how it turns out. (more…)


1985 Topps – David Miller

David is a transfer that is helping fill a void left by the graduation of LaPorte native Nick Overmyer. Since Purdue is in the middle of a big series against the rival Hoosiers this weekend I thought I would post some Purdue cards today. As with most of the Purdue cards in this set I picked the ’85 Topps card for the back of my 2011 custom card. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Kirk Gibson

Growing up in the 80’s when I did I had plenty of reasons to like Kirk as a player. He was a big part of the ’84 World Series team in Detroit, but he is probably best known for his dramatic game winning home run in 1998 for the Dodgers. He could barely walk, but came in and hit a home run. His run around the bases is still ingrained in my mind. This is another of the three cards I made while experimenting with the design of the card. Instead of going back and fixing my error I just went with the card. It is the weekend after all. (more…)


1991 Fleer – Starlin Castro

Starlin is one of the young bright spots on the Cubs right now. He had a great debut that put huge expectations on him. He is still young though so he has some days that are not so great as well. Time will tell what kind of player he will end up being, but right now he looks like he will be very good. (more…)


1989 Pro Set – Ryan Kerrigan

I have made a couple of cards in honor of Ryan Kerrigan getting drafted. He was Purdue’s highest pick since 1987 so I thought that merited a few cards. This last one is modeled after the ’89 Pro Set draft cards. A lot of good names were in the original set so the cards are ingrained in my head. When I thought about doing this I knew that I had to make one. I just took my template from the Packer cards I have been making, and altered it a bit. I took the #1 pick section from a Troy Aikman card. This was a rush job so I left the Pro Set name on the card there. (more…)


1990 Pro Set Draft Pick – Ryan Kerrigan

Since Ryan was the highest draft pick since Rod Woodson in 1987 I thought that I would make a few cards of him. This one is a tribute to the ’90 Pro Set card. Unlike most of the football cards I have done so far I made this one from scratch. The design was so simple that it was probably easier than altering an actual card. I changed it up a little to reflect the fact that Ryan was a draft pick this year as well. Overall I think the card did not turn out too bad. (more…)


1990 Score Rookie – Ryan Kerrigan

Since Ryan was drafted 16th last night by the Redskins I thought I would make a couple of cards for him. For some reason the only time I make football cards is when something big happens. When the Packers were in and won the Super Bowl I made a bunch of cards some of which have not been released yet. I may make a few of the Purdue players that I have watched as they find pro teams over the next few days. (more…)


2011 NFL Draft – Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan was a great player that was fun to watch during his time as a Boilermaker. After being taken 16th in the NFL Draft he will now be terrorizing quarterbacks for the Washington Redskins. He was the highest Purdue draft pick since Rod Woodson in 1987. Rod was a great NFL player so Ryan is in good company right off the bat. (more…)


2011 NFL Draft – J.J. Watt

J.J. was a guy that was a pain to watch Purdue play against during his time with Wisconsin. After following him for a while on Twitter I began to realize that he is a really good guy. It will be great to see this Big Ten Alumn tearing it up in the pros. He was drafted tonight 11th overall by the Houston Texans. (more…)


1987 Fleer – Jeff Samardzija

It is weird how things turn out sometimes. Jeff played high school not too far away in Valpo. He played my Slicers in both football and baseball. He then went on to star at Notre Dame in football. He was arguably the third best pitcher on the Notre Dame pitching staff as well. He then signed a nice big contract to play baseball. He really has not found the success that many would have hoped he would have. He is in the bigs though, and that is much farther than most get. I have seen him pitch on multiple levels, and you have to root for the local kid. (more…)


2009 Daytona 500 – Jeff Gordon

I thought that I would try something new. I have had a few different sports on here, but not racing yet. I was lucky enough to be at the Daytona 500 in 2009, and as usual I took a lot of pictures. I thought that I would try to put some of them on cards. I don’t collect racing cards, but the few that I have seen were very colorful. Most of the design are above what I can do now. This design is a hybrid of my baseball design. I may try a few other designs just for fun. I have to do something when I am not building my ark. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Alan Trammell

Alan was a great shortstop my entire childhood. He has had a couple of chances to manage, but has not found the same success that he did as a player. He is now part of the very good coaching staff in Arizona. Manager Kirk Gibson may not have the most experience managing, but he has surrounded himself with experience. Alan is just part of that equation. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Bob Dernier

While going through some pictures while the rain was coming down hard I found one I took earlier this season of Cubs coach Bob Dernier. Bob was a good outfielder for the team, and is now the first base coach for them. I decided that some teams had some very interesting coaches, and I could make the set a little more interesting if I included them in it. (more…)


1984 Topps – Scott Podsednik

I have done a few Scotty Pods cards so far on this site. I think part of that is nostalgia for the ’05 Championship team, and the other part was that he came back with the Royals right when I started making cards for this site. I had a couple close up shots of his face so I decided to try a 1984 Topps card of him. (more…)


1985 Fleer (Black) – Brent Lillibridge

Last night Brent was brought into the game against the Yankees to pinch run, and stayed in to play right field. With one out in the bottom of the ninth and two men on he made a very nice catch up against the wall that may have saved the ballgame. He then made a beautiful diving catch of a Robinson Cano line drive that ended the game. What made the catch so much fun to watch was how he threw his arms out after he caught the ball, and then pounded his hand on the turf in celebration. His teammates really let him have it as he jogged in to the great them. (more…)


1989 Upper Deck – Miguel Olivo

Miguel was a very solid catcher for the White Sox. He was traded to the Mariners in the deal that brought Freddy Garcia to the Sox. He has since been on a few teams in the Majors. This past off season had to be weird for him. He was traded to the Blue Jays who then declined his 2011 option making him a free agent. The Mariners then signed him, and that is where he is now playing. Must be strange to get traded to a team who then does not pick up the option to keep you. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Carlos Santana

As I said earlier tonight Carlos is a very exciting young player. I heard about him a lot on the site Bus Leagues Baseball, and from what I have seen so far he was worth the hype. As a good young catcher you know that I will have a few cards of him. He has already had a card in the short lived Opening Day set, and he makes his regular set debut with this card. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Shin Soo Choo

Choo is one of the bright spots on the Indians. On the way home from the Opening Day game I was listening to their local sports radio. The fans really hated the team that was on the field with a couple of exceptions. Choo was one of those players. He really does have a cannon in right, and can hit the ball as well. (more…)


1987 Topps – Shin Soo Choo

As a fan of the opposing team in Cleveland one thing that annoyed me while at the game was the way the fans kept saying Chooo (as in Boooo) every time he touched the ball. Even if he made a routine catch they chanted his name. That being said he is a dynamic player that the fans can get excited about. I am sure that opposing fans thought the same thing of the Jose Jose Jose chants or the Magglio one they used to do on the South Side. (more…)


1987 Topps – Carlos Santana

I made a card for the Opening Day set for Carlos, but I thought the picture looked a little washed out. I wanted to try to make another card for the young catcher. Since I was making all my Indians cards with the ’87 Topps template I just decided to make one for him. I thought that it turned out okay, and it is on the back of my regular issue custom card. (more…)


1985 Topps Famous Lineage – Kevin Eichhorn

Kevin is the second card in the revamped Famous Lineage series. This is actually the reason I resurrected the set. I see a few kids every year in the minors who are relation to former ballplayers. Most are sons of the former players, but in order to get all the players in the set I changed the name to Famous Lineage. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Ben Olglivie

Part of the fun of going to these minor league games is seeing some stars from the past on the field. I remember Ben as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. He played for much of the 80’s as a member of their team. I really thought that he played longer than he did before looking him up for this card, but he did have a lengthy career. (more…)