merging my pictures and cards

Colorado Rockies


1987 Donruss – Todd Helton

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…)

2011 csd Custom – Ross Stripling (MLB Draft Pick)

I saw Ross play last year when I was in Texas following the Boiler basketball team. I liked his delivery so I took a couple pictures of him while watching him play against Missouri. When his name came up in the draft today I knew that I had a picture to make a draft card of him. I thought I would have a few more players in this subset then I currently have. I have had to stretch a bit to make good with the players that I have seen so far. (more…)

1989 Upper Deck – Miguel Olivo

Miguel was a very solid catcher for the White Sox. He was traded to the Mariners in the deal that brought Freddy Garcia to the Sox. He has since been on a few teams in the Majors. This past off season had to be weird for him. He was traded to the Blue Jays who then declined his 2011 option making him a free agent. The Mariners then signed him, and that is where he is now playing. Must be strange to get traded to a team who then does not pick up the option to keep you. (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 – Ubaldo Jimenez

Last season when the Rockies came to Chicago in May Ubaldo had recently thrown a no-hitter. He ended up having a great first half of the season on his way to starting the All Star game. He was the pitcher of the month in both April and May. So you can see that he was hot when his team came to town. Sadly I watched Aaron Cook pitch that day. (more…)

2011 csd Preview – Todd Helton

The next card in the preview set is of Todd Helton. I created this set so that I could work out the kinks in the set as I was making the cards. This is kind of like an Opening Day set except the actual set will contain different pictures. This card is a perfect example of the evolution of a design. Since I have started I realized the number in the lower corner was too big. I have shrunk that over time. The dash in between the player name and position has been replaced with a diamond. The diamond has even evolved over time into a perfect diamond. This card changed a little as I decided to add some color to it. The one underused color in the Rockies scheme has been purple for the most part. They really like to use the black instead. I was no different. I originally had a black border with purple lettering. You couldn’t read that so I changed the lettering to White. That part of the card looked a lot like a White Sox card. I ended up just going all out with the purple, and I think it looks good. I am really happy with how this card turned out. (more…)

1985 Topps – Esmil Rodgers

I thought I would try and get rid of the last few cards from the 2010 set over the next few days. I won’t do another dump, but I will try to have this set done before the start of the 2011 season. I have finally solved the problem of getting these cards labeled under 1985 Topps. Instead of changing the name on the sidebar to ’85 Topps I just made the current label of 2010 Baseball Custom go under the 1985 Topps category. That way they can both be clicked on to see the cards. I think this worked out better than changing the name would have. (more…)

1987 Topps – Todd Helton

The second card in the ’87 Topps saturation is of Todd Helton. Todd has been a cornerstone at first base for the Rockies for a long time. He has a great bat, and has flirted with .400 a couple of times during the season. He is now on the downside of his career, but is still a solid option at first. (more…)

Matt Belisle


Manny Corpas


Joe Beimel


Greg Smith


Jason Hammel


Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos was part of the Pauliewood promotion earlier in the month when the White Sox paired up with the Rockies to try and get both of their final vote guys in. Neither player got in so I guess the plan did not work. (more…)

Jason Giambi

Jason was one of the most feared hitters at the beginning of the century. He combined power and average to become a sought after player. When he got to New York the steroid talk started, but he quickly admitted his guilt and said that he was sorry. He actually seemed to come out of the controversy okay. (more…)

Brad Hawpe

Since I will be in Colorado when this posts I thought I should show a card of a Colorado Rockies player in celebration. By the time this posts my brother will already be married. What a day I should be having by now. Brad is on of the best players on the Rockies, and a staple in their lineup. (more…)

Jeff Francis

Jeff is a starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. Jeff seems to be doing fairly well for himself. He has set all kinds of firsts for a Canadian pitcher along the way. When he is healthy he is a solid pitcher. (more…)

Ubaldo Jimenez – All Star

Here is another no-brainer to be selected to play in Anaheim in July. Jimenez has had an outstanding first half so far. He has pitched a no hitter as well as keeping that momentum going after the game. I really don’t want to guess on too many players before they are announced, but I thought that a couple sure things would not hurt while we are waiting to see who will play in July. (more…)

Ubaldo Jiminez

So far this is one of my favorite cards. Last Monday at the Rockies game in Wrigley Jiminez was getting some work in prior to the game. Ubaldo has been hot early in the season. No outing was hotter though than his no-hitter on April 17th of this year. His hot start in the month of April earned him the pitcher of the month award for the National League. (more…)

Miguel Olivo

The Rockies cards are coming hot and heavy. The two players that I seemed to have the most pictures of yesterday were Todd Helton and Miguel Olivo. I explained my interest in Helton in the last post, but Olivo is a different story. He will probably not be in the Hall of Fame. He was of interest to me because of his time in Chicago. He was only here a short time, but he was fun to watch. His grand slam against the Cubs is a moment that is still seared into my brain. I kept hoping for a repeat last night, but it did not come. This is the fifth post already that features a catcher. If you read my other blog Confessions of a Sports Junkie you know that the catcher is probably my favorite position. I assume there will be a few more catchers that make their way into this set before it is all said and done. (more…)