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2011 Baseball Custom (Preview)

2011 csd Preview – Joe Mauer

The last preview card of the 2011 set goes to Joe Mauer. I wanted to finish off this subset strong with a few good players. Since I had all the good players from the Sox in the set already I had to pick a few from other teams. Even though Joe plays for the Sox biggest rival he is still a good player and a good guy. It would be hard to top him to finish off this set. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Ichiro

You know a player is very good when nobody ever uses his last name. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Cole Hamels

Cole is my sleeper pick for the National League Cy Young award this season. He is on such a good staff that I think he gets overlooked. Pitching deep in the rotation should get him some favorable matchups leading to a good season. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Hanley Ramirez

Hanley is one of the best shortstops in the National League. He was traded to the Marlins from Boston in the deal that sent Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox. He has since blossomed into a very good player. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Mark Teahen

Mark was a White Sox killer as a member of the Royals. He has not played up to that level as a member of the Sox. He has shown signs of what he can do though. Mark is the last member of the Sox that will show up in this preview set. I am winding down the cards that I have, and unless something drastic happens tonight will be the last night for these cards. Tomorrow I can release some other cards for once. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Austin Jackson

Austin is a very good young outfielder for the Tigers. He was so good in fact that the Tigers traded away a local favorite Curtis Granderson. I tried something new on this card. I added an outline around the number on the card. I really like how it looks, and I think that the real set will have it. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Geovany Soto

Geovany Soto played a bit for the 2007 Cubs, but it was his 2008 season that really endeared him to the fans. He had a great rookie year. Good enough to snag the National League Rookie of the Year award. He has struggled to find that form since, but is still a quality catcher. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Brennan Boesch

Brennan came up to the Tigers last April because of an injury, and never looked back. He hit a double off the first pitch he ever saw in the majors. He kept it going to become the rookie of the month in May and June. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Brad Lidge

Brad has gone from being the Big East player of the year while at Notre Dame to getting the last out in the 2008 World Series as the Phillies closer. He is a veteran closer that now has over 200 saves. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – A.J. Burnett

A.J. is someone that I may have had a misconception about before this post. I thought that he was always on the DL, but looking at his stats I can see that is not always the case. I guess his missing the 2003 has just stuck in my mind for some reason. He is a very good pitcher that continues to baffle hitters in New York. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Tyler Colvin

Tyler is a young Cub with a lot of promise. As a Sox fan I could not figure out last season why he was not getting more playing time. I know that I am not supposed to have favorite players on the Cubs, but I really enjoy watching Tyler play the game. Maybe he can fill in for Paulie once he retires. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Gaby Sanchez

Gaby Sanchez was a hot rookie last season. The Marlins had a couple on their team, but I did not know too much about them when I saw them play last May. I was at the game more to see my White Sox play. When Gaby was announced as a member of the Topps All Star Rookie team I decided to put him in this set. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Jeff Manship

Jeff was one of three very good pitchers on the 2006 Notre Dame staff. Tom Thornton was one of them who now pitches in Independant ball. His other counterpart Jeff Samardzija now is a relief pitcher for the Cubs. Manship has been trying to make his way onto the Twins roster for the last couple of seasons. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Kyle Gaedele

I don’t have too many college cards in this set. One of them had to be Kyle Gaedele though. Kyle is the great grandnephew of Eddie Gaedel the famous midget who walked on four pitches in his only at bat for the St. Louis Browns in 1951. Kyle could be a curiosity piece because of his name, but he is a damn good ballplayer as well. I have only seen limited games that the Crusaders have played, but he has played outfield, third base, and even pitched for them. He did all of them well I might add as well. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Rafael Furcal

Rafael has a great story so I thought he should make this set. When Walt Weiss was injured in 2000 Furcal was named his replacement with the Braves. What made that jump so improbable was the fact that Furcal was a single A shortstop at the time. He now plays for the Dodgers, and injury has kept him from playing up to his ability the past few seasons. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Matt Thornton

“Matty Ice” is one of my favorite Sox players. It may be because we are the same age. It may be because we are both left-handed. It might also be because he makes throwing hard look so easy. Whatever it is I enjoy watching him pitch. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Nick Blackburn

I saw Nick pitch last April against the White Sox. He is a solid player that makes this set once again because I liked the picture of him. It’s not that the picture is that great, but there is just something about it that I like. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Andrew Cashner

If I had not seen Andrew pitch Tuesday this card would probably have not been made. I had the backs for three more Cubs cards made, but was wondering if I should make the front for a couple of them. I liked the picture that was ready to go on the card, and seeing him in person made the card a reality. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Travis Hafner

Travis was once on of the most feared hitters in the league and a fan favorite in Cleveland. From what I saw and heard on Opening Day he is not loved as much by the fans. Injuries have really made it hard for Travis to get anything going the last few seasons. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Justin Morneau

I have had the backs of the four Twins cards for this preview set made for some time. I just had to make the front of the cards. With the season underway it seemed foolish to still work on the preview set, but I wanted a couple Twins cards in the set. Since I see so much of them it seemed weird that they wouldn’t be in this set. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Carlos Gonzalez

Last season when I saw Carlos play in early may I really did not know too much about him. After that game I quickly started to see that he was one of the best in the National League. He was paired with Paul Konerko for a dual run for the extra man vote for the All Star game. He had a great season, and the Rockies are expecting big things from him in the future. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Gio Gonzalez

Gio has seen a few teams in his short career. He came to the White Sox as part of the Freddy Gacia deal. He was then sent to Oakland when the Sox aquired Nick Swisher. He has since found a spot in their rotation, and is a solid pitcher. He also has a very good rapport with the fans from the limited experience I have had with him. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – C.C. Sabathia

C.C. Sabathia is the ace of the Yankees pitching staff. As a White Sox fan I was very excited to see him go to the Yankees. That way he would not face the Sox near as many times as he had with the Indians. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Luke Carlin

This is another example of a card getting in because of the picture. I know that I need to get this set completely posted so that I can start making the regular 2011 set. I was going to just trash this card, but I really like the picture on it so it stays. (more…)