Sunday, January 13, 2019

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Despite it's popularity I've never seen a single episode of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series that ran from 1997 to 2003, but I've seen the 1992 movie a number of times.  The reason is due to Kristy Swanson being one of my biggest 90's crushes.  This is before the internet age where you can just Google then ogle.  You had to actually watch a movie to see your crush.  /old man rant.

Interestingly enough when I started thinking about making a Buffy set it really wasn't foremost because of Kristy.  I wanted to make a basketball card of Sasha Jenson as "Grueller" when he turns into a vampire during the big basketball game.  In a ironic twist I feel like that card turned out to be the least important character in the seven card set but I kept it in because of the cameo of a young Ben Affleck as "Basketball Player #10".
1992-93 Skybox

For this set I chose the 1992-93 Skybox basketball inspired design going off of the original idea to make the Grueller basketball card.  This set took me a little longer of the extra work it takes for the mask layer on each card.  Normally I spend a lot of time getting the template design just right from a vintage inspired card set then just start plugging in the pictures and info to make the different cards.  This Skybox set was around the time, sports card-wise, when the action photography started taking precedence over the card design.  Collectors started seeing cards that looked more like glossy high resolution photographs and borders started to disappear.  So, every card in this set I had to pretty much start from scratch as opposed to just plugging in the photo and changing the name.

I split the set in two giving the good guys matching colors and the same was done for the baddies.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Plus 2

These two cards came by request in response to the Isiah Thomas Dream Team card I made.  Clyde Drexler and Christian Laettner were final two players added to the 1992 Barcelona Dream Team roster in May of 1992.  Because of their late additions the didn’t have Team USA cards in the second series of the 1991-92 NBA Hoops set.  A mail away Dream Team Drexler card was offered from as a mail away promotion.  That card was pretty rare having a reported print run of 10,000 copies which was a low number for that time.  There was no Laettner but I have to assume that was due to his then still amateur collegiate status.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

She's My Cherry Pie

Here's a fun autograph card I did of Rock 'n' Roll video vixen Bobbie Brown.

Most any red blooded American male with access to MTV in 1990 remembers Bobbie from Warrant's "Cherry Pie" video.  Bobbie was also a 13 time Star Search spokesperson competition winner as well appeared in three episodes of Married... With Children and in the the movie Last Action Hero.

The card itself is not one of my vintage inspired designs but rather just something I thought would would like as an autograph card.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Believe It Or Not

When I made the two Seinfeld baseball cards I was reminded that a while back I had saved a picture from a baseball themed episode of The Greatest American Hero.

1981 Fleer baseball
In “The Two-Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Fast Ball“, the first episode of the second season, Ralph Hinkley poses as a pitcher for the fictional California Stars baseball team to haphazardly saves the day in typical Ralph Hinkley fashion.

This episode originally aired in 1981 so I went with the Fleer baseball inspired design from the same year.  I’ve been wanting to use this style ever since first recreating it for my Freaks and Geeks set.  I chose to the California Angels color pallet because of the pro team in the episode being the California Stars.

While looking up a couple details on this episode I stumbled upon this blog that also makes custom cards.  He too had the idea to make some cards from this episode and much to my surprise I found while reading his write up he linked back to this blog!  He included a great write up on the episode unlike my lazy cliff notes.  Check out The Writer's Journey for tons of entertaining reads.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Freddie Mercury

The image used for this custom card is a pretty famous picture.  Without any fear of hyperbole I think I can say an image featuring Freddie Mercury riding the shoulders of Darth Vader while wearing and Flash Gordon shirt could be used a visible representation of the word epic.

With all the buzz around the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody I started to see this image pop up again and again until it finally dawned on me ... hey, what about a 1977 style Star Wars card?

I made Freddie's pumped right fist break the top border for a little more drama, which is something you didn't see Topps do, if I'm not mistaken, until the late '80s.

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Understudy

Some of my favorite cards have come by way of suggestion.  Here's two such examples.

I was asked to do cards of George and Jerry from the Sixth Season episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Understudy" (1995).  Like most episodes of Seinfeld the episode is funny as hell and has a sports theme which is a bonus for me.

I was given carte blanche as to what design to use.  Any time I'm given half a reason to use the 1984 Topps baseball inspired design I go for it; it's one of my very favorites.  It's such a fun design to use with the two pictures and the vertical team name.  I also love custom cards of fictional sports teams.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


MacGyver is an eighties legend.  I miss that show, it was my dad's favorite.  He was a fixer upper
type of guy.  He had the whole collection of those Time Life "Fix-It-Yourself" books; which were basically the YouTube tutorials of the eighties.

I stumbled across the picture of Richard Dean Anderson in Blackhawks gear used in this card and that was all that was really needed to motivate me to make a MacGyver hockey card.

I chose a 1985 Topps hockey inspired design for a couple of key reasons; I've not used it before and 1985 was the year MacGyver's pilot episode debuted on ABC.

This set is probably most notable for being the set with Mario Lemiux's rookie card.  The design itself is pretty mehhh.  In thinking about it Topps' designs for hockey, baseball and football were all pretty simplistic in '85.