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1987 Fleer – Russell Branyan

Russell is slugger for sure. He is not in the game for his defense. He is in the game to hit the longball. I made this card last summer to go on the back of my 2011 custom card. Part of the tough part about that card was that I had to make cards for the back. It was a long process that in the end made the set fail. I loved how it looked, but it took way too much time to make.  (more…)


1987 Topps – Dan Haren

I like this set, and thanks to the snowpocolypse I have many of them sitting in a folder waiting to be showcased on this site. Dan is no longer with the Diamondbacks, but he was their ace for a few years. He was part of the draw when I went to see Arizona at Wrigley last season. He is now with the Angels so he has not changed colors too much. (more…)


1987 Topps – Ryan Roberts

Ryan is a player that normally would not be on this site. I don’t know too much about him even though he is on the Diamondbacks. I saw him hit a home run live though so he will get this card as well as a card in the ’11 custom set. I love this ’87 Topps design so I have used it here and there for my cards that will go on the back of the custom set for this year. It is a simple design, but I think that it has held up well. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Henry Blanco

I posted my 1991 Fleer card of Henry a couple of days ago so that I could post this card of him. I watched him play for the Cubs for a while, and that fact alone gets him in this set. Henry has had a nice career as a backup catcher. You are playing the hardest position on the diamond, but then again you really aren’t playing it all that much. Not a bad gig. (more…)


1991 Fleer – Henry Blanco

Henry has had a very nice career as a backup catcher. For years he was the personal catcher for Greg Maddux. He is now the backup catcher for the Diamondbacks. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Xavier Nady

I was able to watch Xavier a bit last season when he was a member of the Cubs. He really seemed as if he was maybe playing past his time. The Cubs really didn’t have a spot for him except as a pinch hitter and an occasional defensive replacement. From what I saw in the outfield he should not be out there very often. (more…)


1984 Topps – Justin Upton

This is yet another card that was made during the ‘snowpocolypse’ while I was snowed in. I was extremely bored so I went through some of my older pictures looking for cards. I loved the 1984 Topps set because it was the first card that I ever collected. The trouble was that I needed a close of up the head for the inset picture. I could only make cards of players that I have seen up close. (more…)


1987 Topps – Diamondbacks Leaders

How do you make a card for a team that didn’t even exist for another ten years? I really wanted to try and make one of these cards. I know that there has to be an easy way to do it, but I am still getting used to my new program. I had to use a set of tricks that was way to complex to make this simple card. The outside border was simple. I just used a wood pattern I found on Google images so that I had a fresh grain to work with. I thought it would be easier to start from scratch than to find a suitable card to use as a template. From there I had to make way too much effort for this card. I like how it looks though so when I have more time I will have to find a way to add this effect without overdoing it. (more…)


1986 Topps – Kevin Eichhorn

I had to make this card so that I could make the next one. Kevin is the son of former Major League pitcher Mark Eichhorn. I thought that for my custom card it would be great to have a 1986 Topps card for the back. The ’86 Topps card was the first for Mark so I thought it would be cool to have one for his son. Of course That meant I had to make the card. It did not take too long though.  (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Edwin Jackson

Edwin came to the Sox last season from the Diamondbacks. It was thought at the time that he would be traded to the Nationals for Adam Dunn. That never happened though, and as we start the 2011 season the White Sox have both players. I would say that everything worked out. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Justin Upton

Justin is another big leaguer that spent time in South Bend with the Silverhawks. He came to South Bend as a #1 pick, and had some heavy expectations on him. At first I didn’t think that he was all that great, but he quickly started to show exactly what he could do. He has shown flashes of that in the majors, but still has yet to play like I think he can. If he can do that he will be among the best. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Lyle Overbay

Normally Monday’s are reserved for Minor League cards. With the surplus of preview cards that I have I have to try and get them out before the start of the season. I found a compromise though that I thought would work. Lyle Overbay was one of the first Silverhawk players that I saw regularly that made it to the bigs. He was a great hitter for South Bend, and has since provided his talents for the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Blue Jays, and now the Pirates. He will always be my favorite because he was the first. He also signed one of my first pictures that I took for me instantly making him a fan favorite. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Stephen Drew

Stephen is slowly coming into his own. The last two seasons he has been improving a everyday infielder for the Diamondbacks. Before that he was known as the other Drew brother. He and his two brothers were all drafted in the first round of the MLB draft. They are the only trio of brothers to have accomplished this feat. (more…)


1980 Topps – J.J. Putz

Thanks to MLB.tv I have watched a few Diamondbacks games already this season. Their new closer is J.J. Putz who was a setup man on the White Sox last season. J.J. had a good year, but the Sox decided to go another way with the arms they already had this season. Putz had a good audition with his contract to sign a bigger one somewhere else. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Carlos Silva

I have had this card sitting around for a while, and thought that today might be a good day to release it. With everything else going on this set should be the priority right now. Before you know it I will have new pictures to make the actual 2011 set with. Silva has seemingly taken over the role of the other Carlos on the team by getting into with teammates in the dugout. Zambrano seemed to bounce back well from the incident last year so we will see what Silva can do. (more…)


1978 Topps – J.J. Putz

J.J. was a solid pitcher last season for the Sox. He did not last long with them though as he is now in camp with the Diamondbacks. I wanted to make a couple cards of him with some pictures that I had so I put the pictures I had on retro designs. I really like this 1978 Topps design. This one will be used a lot for sure. (more…)


1986 Fleer – Bobby Borchering and A.J. Pollock

My first 1986 Fleer card was not that good so I thought that I would try another one. What better attempt than to try a dual rookie card. This is how we were introduced to Jose Canseco as kids. This card features two up and coming players in the Diamondbacks farm system. They were both picked in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft going 16th and 17th. Bobby Borchering was taken 16th right out of high school, and A.J. Pollock was selected with the next pick out of Notre Dame. (more…)


2005 #1 Draft Pick – Justin Upton

In 2005 the Diamondbacks made history in a couple of ways. They had their first overall selection in the Major League draft. With that pick they took Justin Upton straight out of high school. In 2002 the Devil Rays took B.J. Upton with the second pick making the Uptons the highest brothers ever drafted. When I started out to make these #1 pick cards I only really thought about Harold and Upton. I did not realize all of the players that I had seen that were #1 picks. (more…)