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Archive for May, 2011

1983 Topps – Paul Konerko/Carlton Fisk

Watching the Sox game tonight I saw Paul Konerko hit a home run over the Green Monster to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead over the Red Sox. The home run was important because it was the 376th of Paulie’s career. That tied him with Carlton Fisk for 66th all time. This is important to me because two of my favorite players of all time are now linked for what I hope is a very short period. The event inspired me to make my first card in quite some time. I thought that I would post it right away so that others could enjoy it. I posted the card as a 1983 Topps because I just basically tweaked my ’83 Topps Super Veteran template to make the card. (more…)


1991 Leaf – Tyler Spillner

Tyler made the 2010 custom set because of a great catch he made while crashing into the plywood wall during a game I witnessed live. He is a talented member of the team that was going to make this year’s set regardless of performance. His home run in the first game of the Big Ten Tournament this season was huge. (more…)


1986 Topps – Cameron Perkins

Cameron is another of the very talented sophomore players on the Boilermaker squad. He has really performed well in the games that I have seen the Boilers play. He will be fun to watch as he finishes out his Boiler career. I enjoy watching him play so much that I made a second retro card for him. (more…)


1985 Topps – Nick Wittgren

Nick is the closer for the Boilers. Since they are playing in the Big Ten Tournament this weekend I thought that I would post a few cards that I have already made of them. (more…)


1985 Topps – Eric Charles

Today Purdue starts play in the Big Ten Tournament. With that in mind I thought I would post some cards of the Boilers today. The first of those is this ’85 Topps card of Eric Charles. Eric is a scrappy player that I really enjoy watching. He just seems to have a knack of getting on base and scoring. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Eric Kartman

Can you guess why Eric has made this set? When I heard his named announced during a game against Purdue I had to check my roster to see if I heard it right. Although it is not spelled the same it is pronounced just like the South Park character. I immediately knew that he had to make this set. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Kelly Johnson

Kelly is another player that has been in both major sets I have made. His 2010 custom card which is on the back of this one shows just his back, but I like the picture of him finishing a pop up slide so I put the picture on the card. Kelly is part of a young core in Arizona that could make some noise in the not too distant future. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Matt Branham

One of the players on the Tincaps when I saw them that was high on their prospect list was Matt Branham. Guessing who will make it big at this stage is hard to due. A few players come along who scream future star, but others you just have to wait on. Matt may be one of those who we have to wait on. (more…)


1991 Leaf – Wes Wilson

Wes is a player that had a great weekend when I saw him play live. Couple that with the fact that he is a catcher, and he gets a couple of cards on this blog. (more…)


1977 Topps – Ted Lilly

I was going to post this card yesterday, but I was very busy. I really forgot about posting on here until this morning. I thought it would have been neat to post a card of Ted on his return to Chicago, but it will have to be the day after. I like this ’77 Topps set. I am sure that plenty more of these will show up. (more…)


1985 Topps 25th Anniversary – Carlos Quentin

I was traveling tonight, and heard a few innings of the Sox game on the radio. During my time listening Carlos took one deep. He has done two things very well as a member of the Sox. One of them is getting hit by the pitch. He has a crazy bone in his body where he will watch the ball come in and hit him without so much as a flinch. The other thing he has done well is to hit long home runs. I have seen a few in person, and wish that I could have seen his tonight. (more…)


1978 Topps – Omar Vizquel

Watching Omar play tonight I thought that it was time that I released this card of him. I still have a bunch of cards that I made while snowed in this winter. Instead of releasing them all at once I thought that it would be better to spread them out. It is now time for Omar to get another card on the site. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Kyle Gaedele

Kyle has made this site before on a couple of cards. He was one of the first famous lineage cards that I made. I have probably already beat this subject into the ground, but Kyle is the grand nephew of the late Eddie Gaedel. Beyond that he is a very good ballplayer with scouts sitting through a cold rainy day to watch him play. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Luis Sanz

Luis is the backup catcher for West Michigan. Minor League Monday will end with this backstops 2011 custom card. Part of the fun of seeing a doubleheader in the Midwest League is that you get to see many players all in one day. Normally I would have just seen the regular catcher for West Michigan Rob Brantly. Because of the back to back games I was able to see Luis play. (more…)


1987 Topps – Rob Brantly

Rob is the catcher for the West Michigan Whitecaps. Minor League Monday continues as this ’87 Topps card of Rob is released. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Louis Ott

This will be the first of probably two cards in this set for Louis. I saw him play in an exhibition game for the Railcats before this season started. During the first series of the season on the road he was traded to Winnipeg. The Goldeyes had a need for a third baseman after Amos Ramon (who is already in the set) went down with an injury. As I said in the previous post Louis is very versatile, and can play any position in the field. He will be missed in Gary. As I said to start this off I will probably make two cards of Louis in this set. When he comes back to Gary as a Goldeye I will have to get a picture of him to put in the set. (more…)


1986 Topps – Louis Ott

Minor League Monday starts off with a former Railcat. Last season I had fun watching Louis Ott playing almost any position on the diamond. He was a super utility man. On Sunday I was a little behind the times when I saw that Louis had been traded to Winnipeg for cash and a player to be named later. I was a little disappointed to say the least. I think that I saw him play every infield position last season including catcher. For some reason I missed him pitch. I would have liked to have seen that. So in order to play a little catch up I am posting this card of Louis now so that I can post my 2011 custom of him. (more…)


Bronzed Heroes – Joe DiMaggio

Seventy years ago today Joe D started his 56 game hitting streak. With that in mind I thought that today would be a great day to release the bronzed heroes card of the Yankee Clipper. I have a few pictures sitting in a folder just waiting to be made into these cards. The beauty of the design is the fact that the cards can be made very quickly. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Tracy Woodson

Tracy is the manager for the Valparaiso Crusaders. He is probably more noted though for his time with the Dodgers. He was part of that magical ’88 team that won the World Series. After spending some time managing in the minors he is now guiding the young men in Valpo. (more…)


1985 Topps Famous Lineage – Glenn Robinson III

A bit of a departure here, but one that I thought would be interesting. So far every famous lineage card I have made has featured at least one baseball player on it. I saw the son of the Big Dog (sounds like a horror movie title doesn’t it?) this past winter playing basketball in my home town. Glenn Robinson Jr. was a great player for Purdue, and he followed that up in the NBA. He is an icon at his former school so I thought it was interesting that his son chose to attend another school in the same conference. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Trace Knoblach

Earlier I posted the ’87 Topps card of Trace. Here is his 2011 custom card. Normally a player like Trace would not be in this set, but his uncle is Chuck Knoblauch so that gets him in. In the near future I will post my Famous Lineage card with Chuck and Trace on it. Trace really did not look comfortable in the field during the game I saw him play. He had one misplay and a couple of near misses. In his defense it was windy though so I can’t make too many snap judgements on his fielding. He has some time to get better before he graduates. (more…)


1977 Topps – Derrek Lee

Derrek makes the blog once again, but in a retro card as a member of the Cubs. I really like how the ’77 Topps set has held up, and I think that the Cubs card really looks good. I have made a couple, and plan to make many more from this set. (more…)


1987 Topps – Ryan Roberts

Ryan was probably not going to be in my 2011 csd Custom set. Then he hit a home run during the at bat pictured on this card while I saw him play live, and he worked his way into the set. As with all new players in the set I needed a card for the back of my custom so this card was born of necessity. (more…)


1987 Topps – Trace Knoblach

While watching a game earlier this season between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Purdue Boilermakers I noticed a familiar name on the roster for Indiana. A quick check on my phone confirmed that Trace is the nephew of former big leaguer Chuck Knoblach. Chuck was one of my favorite players to watch when he played for the Twins. It is weird to enjoy watching a player on a division rival. I kind of have that now with Joe Mauer on the Twins. (more…)