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25th Anniversary Set

1985 Topps – Alex Rios

Since today is Opening Day for the Sox I thought that I would post a couple of cards of the team from the South Side of Chicago. If you haven’t figured out by looking at this site yet that I like the White Sox than you haven’t really been looking at this site. One of the guys that I really will be rooting for this season is Alex Rios. Alex has shown what kind of player that he can be, but sometimes I think that he is his own worst enemy. I hope that he can have another season like we know that he can have this year.¬† (more…)


1985 Topps 25th Anniversary – Frank Thomas

Not too long from now I will be leaving here to go to U.S. Cellular Field to the statue of Frank Thomas get unveiled. I thought that it would be cool to post a card of Frank today. This was another card that I made to over the winter to commemorate 25 years of going to Major League games. Just a couple of days after that anniversary I was back at the ballpark to see Frank get his number retired. This picture was taken during his speech. (more…)


1985 Topps 25th Anniversary – Andruw Jones

Andruw was one of my favorite guys to photograph last season. He had a big swing that had many points where it was very photogenic. He started off the season well, but things kind of tapered off at the end. In the end he was a one and done player, but I still enjoyed watching him. (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…)


1985 Topps 25th Anniversary – Harold Baines

Since I am finally done with the preview set I thought that I would post a couple different kinds of cards to mix it up a bit on here. I thought that I would post one of my cards that I made in honor of my 25th baseball anniversary last season. It sounds kind of stupid, but it was a good idea for a subset I thought. (more…)


1985 Topps 25th Anniversary – Carlton Fisk

As I have said in previous posts this set was meant to commemorate the 25th anniversary of my first Major League game. I celebrated that all last season using it as an excuse to go to many games. That is how this whole custom card thing got started as well. I was just messing around putting my pictures on the ’85 Topps template, and it just took off from there. Of course in coming up with a 25 card set for my 25th anniversary I had to include Carlton Fisk. I met him along with Richard Dotson during that first game, and Fisk has been my favorite player ever since. I didn’t know that he would be a Hall of Famer then. I just knew that he was this cool guy who talked to me and signed my program. (more…)


1985 Topps 25th Anniversary – Matt Thornton

Anyone who reads this or my other blog knows that last season was my 25th anniversary of my first game. The weekend also coincides with my birthday. I went to three Sox games in five days that weekend. I made a special set to commemorate that weekend to look like the ’85 Topps set with a few minor changes. Since Matty Ice signed an extension this week I thought that I would release his card. (more…)


1985 Topps 25th Anniversary – Minnie Minoso

Yesterday the White Sox website had a great article on Minnie. I knew most of what was in the article because he was my father’s favorite player. He is still mad about the 1951 Rookie of the Year voting 60 years later. He has a clipping showing the stats of both Minnie, and Gil McDougald who won the award. Minnie beat him in every category besides home runs and playing in New York. Minnie was the first African American to play for the Sox, but has become much more than that over the years. He is still with the team as a goodwill ambassador, and is a very nice guy. I thought it would be great to release the special card I made of him after reading the article. Bill James the renowned stat guru had Minnie as the 10th best left fielder of all time when everything is considered. Reading that you wonder how he never got close to the Hall of Fame. You need 75% to get in, and Minnie never received better than 21.9 percent of the vote. Open your eyes voters! There has to be a way to get him in the hall. (more…)


1985 Topps – Ron Kittle (25th Anniversary Edition)

Here is the second card in the special subset¬† I created. As I said in an earlier post I wanted to make a set that commemorated the 25th anniversary of my first ballgame. I will always remember the original 1985 Topps card of Ron Kittle because the picture was taken at night. For some reason I always liked the card, and I eventually figures out that the way the lights bounced off his helmet looked pretty cool. That is one of my favorite cards from my childhood. (more…)


1985 Topps – Mark Buehrle (25th Anniversary Edition)

I was thinking about what a great year last season was for me watching baseball. It was the 25th anniversary of my first baseball game. I went to a lot of games, and filled most of my wishlist for the season. I even went to three Sox games in five days around my birthday. That just happened to coincide with the date of my first game. I thought that I would make a small subset to commemorate that great weekend last season. I remade the Sox template a little from 1985. It is close enough to 1985 that I will file it under that year, but I made a few changes. I replaced the Sox logo with the patch that the team wore that season. I also narrowed the borders a bit, and it is amazing how much it changed the card. I like how it looked so I kept the change. I plan on making 25 of these cards for a small subset. This is the first of those cards. (more…)