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Short Prints

1985 Topps – Ted Williams SP2

This is the second short print card of Ted in this set. I made two with the intention of picking one, and maybe using the other. Then I started making other cards so I was going to use this picture for one of them. Since I had already made the card I thought why not release it. This is the final card of the 2010 set. (more…)


1985 Topps – Harold Baines

This card has a couple of stories behind it. I originally made it as one of the few short prints I was going to make for this set. I just liked the idea of a couple different cards. As you have seen that really took off to much more than that. This picture was taken in 2009 at the Civil Rights game. I liked Harold in the different uniform so I thought I would put the picture on a card. (more…)


1985 Topps – Johnny Bench

Three cards left in the 2010 custom set. Johnny has a lot going for him. I like catchers so he fits that mold. He was a hard nose player so he has an in there. He also hosted the Baseball Bunch when I was a kid so I got to see him every week. That was one of my favorite shows as a kid. Right then people should have known that I had a sports problem. (more…)


1985 Topps – Harry Caray

Harry was also going to be part of the announcer day that I had planned for the set. The former Sox and Cub announcer is a Chicago icon. I am not sure how long it will be before he loses steam in Chicago. At some point the younger fans won’t have lived through his broadcasts to know how entertaining he could be. (more…)


1985 Topps – Ozzie Smith

The final five cards in this set features four Hall of Famers, and one that I wish would be. The first of those is Ozzie Smith. Growing up he was the man. He was an acrobatic shortstop known for his fielding more than his hitting. His home run in game five of the NLCS led to one of my favorite moments in baseball. Jack Buck’s famous call of “Go Crazy Folks, Go Crazy.” Since they are forever linked in my mind I thought that it would be cool to have them back to back on the site. (more…)


1985 Topps – Jack Buck

Jack was an institution in St. Louis. He did a lot of great things for baseball. I don’t know if his son Joe can be counted among those. I love how some of the older clubs had the announcers that became synonymous with the team. These guys were around for the majority of people’s lives. They were as much a part of the team as the ballpark. (more…)


1985 Topps – Lou Brock

The final day of the 2010 set starts off with one of the best base stealers to ever play the game. Lou Brock had a great career that seemed to take off after he was traded away from the Cubs. Every team has its trade that they wish they never completed. The Red Sox traded Babe Ruth. The White Sox traded Sammy Sosa. For the Cubs I would say that this is that trade. (more…)


1985 Topps – Bob Gibson

One of the most feared pitchers of the ’60’s was Bob Gibson. If you notice I didn’t even get too close to his statue. He even intimidates in bronze. He was a really great pitcher in an era dominated by great pitchers. That is saying something when you say that he is one of the greats. (more…)


1985 Topps – Ken Griffey Sr.

Before ‘the Kid’ was a household name his father was helping the Big Red Machine win World Series titles. While those are great stories my favorite story of Ken is the back to back homers he hit with his son while playing in Seattle. Ken Sr. came up and hit a dinger. Just following your father in the lineup has to be a thrill. His son then probably at his peak jacked one. A historic moment, but I am sure one that every father and son wishes that they had. (more…)


1985 Topps – Joe Morgan

I was leary about putting Joe in the set because then he would say that he didn’t belong in the same set as Ryne Sandberg. I do respect how Joe played the game so I decided to take my chances and put him in. (more…)


1985 Topps – Ted Kluszewski

The Big Klu makes the set. This is the last of the statues from Crosley Terrace that made the set in the ‘short print’ capacity. I had a card with Frank Robinson on it, but it was a picture of the actual man that I had taken on the same day. (more…)


1985 Topps – Joe Nuxhall

This is another statue that can be found in the Crosley Terrace section outside of the Great American Ballpark. I love this picture because of the Civil Rights Game signage in the background. I did not grow up around Cincinnati so I never was able to hear Joe on the Reds broadcast. I did learn of him at an early age when they had a feature on him in one of the baseball card magazines I used to read. (more…)


1985 Topps – Ernie Lombardi

I think one of the coolest facts about Ernie is that he caught back to back no-hitters. As rare as the gem is I am sure that the number of catchers that have caught them have to be just as rare. Johnny Vander Meer threw no-hitters in back to back games, and Ernie caught both of them. (more…)


1985 Topps – Harry Wright

This is a first for this set…and blog for that matter. Harry died ninety years before the 1985 Topps set came out. I became intrigued about this player after reading a book by Darryl Brock called “If I Never Get Back.” The book was about a man who goes back in time, and ends up playing for the first professional team in Cincinnati. The book has a sequel which is not as good, but they are both solid reads. (more…)


1985 Topps – Pee Wee Reese

This is yet another statue that I took a picture of that I wanted to include on a card. I will let the cat out of the bag and say that the new set will be made up of statues that I have seen. I seem to have a large number of pictures of them so I decided to make a subset out of them. That is why I was unsure if I should release some of these cards because some of them have the same pictures on them. I decided to just go for it. (more…)


1985 Topps – Casey Stengel

I loved this statue when we were touring the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Something about it was just very cool. I decided that I should make a card out of it. This was originally part of the short print set I was making. (more…)


1985 Topps – Jeff Bagwell

Here is the other statue that sits outside of Minute Maid Park in Houston. I liked them so much that I knew I had to make cards out of them. They have a nice little park with a mock diamond on the ground. Biggio is playing second throwing the ball to Bagwell who is at first. This was a nice was to honor their former stars. (more…)


1985 Topps – Craig Biggio

At almost this time last year I was in Houston to see the Boilers in the NCAA Tournament. I really wanted to do the Minute Maid Park tour, but the only real chance that we had to do it was to go right after our plane landing. We hustled straight from the airport to the park to take our tour. It was my first park tour, and it was pretty great. We had a great guide, and it is a beautiful park. Of course I wasn’t a favorite of the guide because I had a Sox jersey on, and kept talking about the 2005 World Series. That is why I wanted to take the tour though. (more…)


1985 Topps – Jermaine Dye

I originally made this card as a short print for the 2010 set that I did based on the 1985 Topps set. I had so many cards made that I kept this one back thinking maybe JD would catch on somewhere. Of course he did not, and is now contemplating retirement. That is too bad. I think that Sox fans didn’t realize what a solid player that they had while he was on the South Side. (more…)


1985 Topps – Nomar Garciaparra

This was originally going to be in the short print series. I liked the idea of having a Nomar card in the set, and the only pictures I had of him were from far away with an old camera. The good thing about having the subject far away is that you can see the banner for Ryne Sandberg in the background. The card was a stretch so I didn’t post it for a while. Considering the tens of people that look at this site I figured why not post it? (more…)


1985 Topps – Stan Musial

This was another card that was originally in the 2010 custom set short print series. I had pictures of all the statues that sit out in front of the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Being a Polish-American myself I have always liked Stan Musial. Plus my first number in organized baseball was his #6. I wanted to make a card of Stan so I just used his statue. At first I thought that it was cheating, but I really liked how the statues looked on a card. We will see if any show up in this years set. (more…)


1985 Topps – Ted Williams

Part of the 2010 custom set was a short print series I came up with. These were cards that were not of active players. Some of the older players I had to use pictures of statues to make them. This statue along with the statue of Babe Ruth guards the entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. I have taken pictures of two great Ted Williams statues in the past two years. This one made a great card I thought. (more…)


1985 Topps – Vida Blue

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some of the players I was able to meet thanks to Bob Feller. One of the coolest of those guys was Vida Blue. Vida really took the time out to make each fan feel welcome. He even posed for this picture with me. I am not famous so I was cut out of the shot for the purposes of this card. (more…)


Bob Feller

I made this card a while back of Bob signing for me at his museum. It was part of the short print series from the set I was making this year. I had been to his museum three times before I met him. When I did he was nice as could be, and even gave me a great baseball for my collection. I already had a ball signed with just his name. I wanted something special, and he gave that to me. He signed the ball with an inscription that commemorated his Opening Day no-hitter against the White Sox. That has to tell you what a sick fan I am when I want a ball signed with something like that. It was a long inscription, but Bob did it with no problem. I was glad for the chance to meet him. (more…)