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Archive for January, 2012

Bronzed Heroes – Ernie Banks

Today is “Mr. Cub’s” 81st birthday. I thought that I would use that occasion to re-launch my Bronzed Heroes set. The premise of this set is easy. I have a lot of pictures of statues from various places that I have visited. I thought that they would look cool on a card, and even put some of the pictures on the ’85 Topps design that I used as my 2010 custom set. I thought that they would be good ‘short prints.’  (more…)


1989 Upper Deck – Tyler Flowers

I thought since I am a Sox fan I should actually post some cards of my favorite team. I was having so much fun making cards of other teams that I neglected the one that I root for. I took this picture of Tyler in 2009 when he was brought up at the end of the season. He has come with a lot of hype, but yet the veteran catcher is still around. I fear that Tyler is headed for Joel Skinner status in Chicago. (more…)


1989 Upper Deck – Todd Helton

The day of the Colorado Rockies officially comes to an end with this card of Todd Helton. In 2010 when I was at Wrigley Field to see the Rockies take on the Cubs I was worried that my seat in the bleachers would prevent me from seeing Todd Helton up close. Luckily he came out to the outfield to stand in the box as Jeff Francis was warming up. I loved seeing his stand up close, and it has made a couple of cards.  (more…)


1987 Topps – Ubaldo Jimenez

The day of the Rockies continues with this card of the former Rockies ace. Early in 2010 I saw the Rockies play the Cubs at Wrigley field. Jiminez had just thrown his no-hitter and I got some good pictures of him talking to some fans in the bleachers. This picture shows him throwing on the side just before the game started.  (more…)


1988 Donruss – Miguel Olivo

Here is yet another card of Miguel. Today’s theme is the Colorado Rockies on the blog, and I thought that this card was a good continuation of that theme. I love these cards because of course the Rockies were not in existence in 1988 so it is interesting to see what might have been. I took this picture in 2010 as Miguel was warming up the pitcher prior to a game against the Cubs.  (more…)


1987 Topps – Miguel Olivo

I have enjoyed watching Miguel play since he came up with the White Sox. For some reason in the short time he played on the southside he seemed to love playing the Cubs. Since then he has played for quite a few teams. This picture was taken in 2010 as Olivo was warming up against the Cubs as a member of the Rockies. Keeping with the theme of posting cards of a team a day I thought that today would be a good day to post some Rockies cards. (more…)


1977 Topps – Melky Cabrera

This is the final Royals card for the night. I like this card for a couple of reasons. The first is that for some reason I love the card design that Topps put out in 1977. Another is the fact that you can see the special patch that Melky is wearing. For some reason the Royals cards looked pretty cool to me so I made plenty of them. I will release the rest of them at a later time, but for now enjoy this final card of the day. (more…)


1977 Topps – Jeff Francis

When I saw the Royals play the White Sox on the Fourth of July Jeff was the starting pitcher. This is the same picture that I used for the previous card of Brayan Pena.  (more…)


1977 Topps – Brayan Pena

Here is yet another Royals card that was made for the backs of my 2011 custom cards. I really did not know who Brayan was at the time, but every catcher I saw made the set. This picture was taken on the Fourth of July as Pena was walking in from the bullpen with Jeff Francis. I used the other part of the same picture for Jeff’s ’77 Topps card. (more…)


1977 Topps – Billy Butler

I guess that I will post some of the Royals cards that I had made for the backs of my 2011 custom cards last season. I saw the Royals play the White Sox, and took a few pictures in order to make some cards. I put most of the Royals on a ’77 Topps card that I didn’t get around to releasing. (more…)


1985 Fleer – Chone Figgins

This is the last card of the day. I still have some cards from the ’85 Fleer set for the Mariners, but they can wait for another day. Chone is a player that supposedly Kenny Williams was high on for several years. I heard many rumors about Figgins for Konerko. Pauley is one of my favorite players so I am glad that the deal was not done. I took this picture last season as Chone was looking to bunt against the Sox.  (more…)


1985 Fleer – Michael Pineda

Michael was a good young pitcher that had just shut down the White Sox when I saw him early last season. I took a couple pictures of him to make some cards from. That worked out well because he was named an All Star, and I had the opportunity to make three cards of him. This was the card that I made to go on the back of his 2011 custom card. (more…)


1985 Fleer – Jason Vargas

Here is yet another 1985 Fleer card for this site. This was another card that was made for the back of my 2011 custom set that really never was fully released. I am sure over time that I will put that set out as well, but for now I thought that I would put out cards that were sitting in my retro folder.  (more…)


1985 Fleer – Franklin Gutierrez

Today I thought that I would release some of the Mariner cards that I made for the backs of my 2011 custom set that never really got a fair shot. For the Mariner team I made ’85 Fleer cards because I had just made a template and I really liked how they looked. When I saw the team play last season a few cards came of it. Franklin probably would not have made the set except for the fact that he was on one of my favorite cards so far. A couple of years ago I saw the Indians playing the White Sox. As part of his pregame routine Franklin stood on his head. I was lucky enough to get a picture of it, and it made an appearance on a 1989 Upper Deck card that I made.  (more…)


1985 Fleer – Erik Bedard

Here is yet another ’85 Fleer card for the Mariners. I love the design of the card, but I just never released these. They were made for the backs of my 2011 custom cards that I have yet to release as well.  (more…)


1991 Fleer – Tyler Colvin

This was a fun card to make. I really only owned a couple of the real cards, but for some reason I liked how this one turned out. Tyler is one of the players on the Cubs that I actually liked. I was sad to see him struck by the bat, and was actually rooting for him to get back to the form that I thought that he could show. The Cubs gave up on him though and sent him to Colorado. I hope that he can find some of that form again.  (more…)


1984 Topps – Joe Mauer

This is yet another card that has been sitting in a folder on my computer for a while. At one point I was not working, and the cards were being made at an incredible pace. This is one from that time period. I couldn’t possibly post them all so I decided to just slowly release them. When I stopped having the time to make them I should have just kept posting the cards, but for some reason I did not. Joe should not be one of my favorite players because he is a star for a rival team. For some reason though I really enjoy watching him play. This card has two pictures from two separate occasions that make it up. The main picture was taken as Joe was jogging out to the bullpen prior to a game against the White Sox in 2009. He didn’t look up so I had to make do with what I had. The inset picture is of him warming up in the Metrodome in 2008. I loved the old school Twins uniforms, but I didn’t know enough about photography yet to make the picture as sharp as it could have been. (more…)


1989 Upper Deck – Mark Buehrle

The final card of Mark today is one of my favorites. As luck would have it I came across a free ticket to a Cubs-Sox game in 2009. Of course as per usual Mark was pitching. Being in a National League park though it also meant that Mark would get some at bats. I always thought that Upper Deck really changed things up when they started by showing some things that were out of the norm. I think that Mark running to first with his batting helmet on was a perfect fit for this card. (more…)


1982 Topps In Action – Mark Buehrle

This is a card that I have had made for quite some time. I like how it looks for the most part, but was waiting to make a regular issue ’82 Topps card to release it. I have learned quite a bit since making the card, but I still like how it looks. The card will now see the light of day as part of the Mark Buehrle day on this blog today.  (more…)


1984 Fleer – Mark Buehrle

Today I thought I would get rid of the rest of the Buehrle cards that are sitting in my completed folder. I have not made a card for a while, but I have so many sitting around that this blog could go on for a while if I never made another card. With Mark Buehrle leaving the White Sox I thought that I would put out the rest of my completed cards of one of my favorite players. I am sure that I will try and see Mark pitch next season to get a couple new cards of him in a Marlins uniform.  (more…)


1987 Topps – Mark Buehrle

The hardest news of the off season was that Mark Buehrle would not be coming back to the White Sox next year. Early on you knew that it was the case, but you kept thinking that maybe another ‘all in’ miracle would happen like last year. It did not, and Mark went to play with Ozzie in Florida. I quit watching baseball after the strike in ’94. When I came back to the game Mark was a young pitcher for the White Sox. His love of the game quickly made him a favorite of mine. He is now on another team, but I think that he will forever be remembered as a member of the White Sox. Will he end up bronzed in the outfield? I struggle with that question. If he is I will be there though. (more…)


1990 Upper Deck – Carlos Quentin

This is where things start to get a bit harder. I have always loved watching Carlos play. No matter what his at bats are usually exciting. He doesn’t get cheated, and rarely watches a third strike. You get your money’s worth when he steps in. He may hit a towering home run, or just simply let a 95 mph fastball hit him in the chin. He was fun to watch, but if you want to watch him from now on you have to watch the Padres. We share the same birthday as well. It will be interesting to see what Carlos does in the National League. I have seen one of the pitchers that the Sox got in return when he was in Single A. Simon Castro was a beast for For Wayne of the Midwest League. Hopefully he can show that form in the bigs. (more…)


1988 Score – Juan Pierre

This is the last card of Juan Pierre that I made with an old school template. I enjoyed making the ’88 Score cards, and it was my first if not the first template that I made from scratch after the initial ’85 Topps template. For some reason I always thought that this even looked like it could have been in that initial score set.  (more…)


1989 Upper Deck – Juan Pierre

Yet again here is another card of Juan Pierre today. Looking through my folder of cards I decided to rid it of players shown in a Sox uniform that no longer play for the team. I actually made this card a long time ago. Since then I used the same picture to make two 1983 Fleer SuperStar Special cards with Starlin Castro on half, and Juan on the other half. When put together they would make one complete card. I could have scrapped this card since it used the same picture, but I kind of liked how it looked so here it is.  (more…)