Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Cindy Crawford (Yet Again)

The Super Bowl is viewed just as much for commercials as the actual game.  Let's be honest, most times the commercials are more entertaining anyways.  When thinking about the most memorable commercials over the years there'll always be one that rockets to the forefront of my mind ... Cindy Crawford's 1992 Pepsi commercial.

I vividly remember 12-year-old me being stopped in my tracks upon seeing Cindy climbing out of that red Lamborghini.  I pretty much had the same reaction as the two young boys in the commercial, but for me it had nothing to do with the look of Pepsi's new can.  Even today if I go on YouTube and watch it I'd still have the starry eyed "Wowww" look on my face.  Cindy Crawford is all-time, I tell ya. All. Time.

I've been on an early Upper Deck kick as of late, so I decided to go right back to that well and use the 1991 football inspired design that I repurposed for my Britney Spears halftime card.  Why not 1992 you ask?  I'm just not big on it.  Although I always try to whenever possible match the year of the card design to the year of the card subject I just thought the 1991 design looked better for what I was using it for.  Plus, I could add more cards to the the two I've made already and it could turn into something like a "Super Bowl Memories" mini-set.  We'll see.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Lzzy Hale (Yet Again)

Lzzy Hale is someone I only need half a reason to make  custom card of,  not even a whole reason, just half of one.  Ever since seeing her and Halestorm open for Shinedown years back, she melted my face off and has been on the list of my favorite things ever since.

1990-91 UD hockey
My half a reason this time was the picture of Lzzy holding up the custom jersey the Syracuse Crunch presented to her when she sang the National Anthem for them a couple of years ago.  It reminded my of rookie hockey card where the draftee is holding up his new team's sweater.

Some of my favorite cards I've made recently are the ones modeled after early Upper Deck designs so I wanted to do another of those.  I love the distinctive clean early UD look. 

I ended up choosing the 1990-91 Upper Deck design, UD's first hockey set.  I used the color scheme from the Toronto Maple Leaf's as it most closely resembled the Syracuse Crunch.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Fletch (Yet Again)

With all the craziness that is the world we're currently all living in I just haven't been able to focus on my custom trading card making hobby.  That's a shame because at the start of the new year I had 1,001 ideas for cards and different things for the PCb. brand, but ... here we are.

Most of my ideas are on the back burner save for this one that came via email from a collector of the cards I make.  It was one I just really didn't want to put off.  Unbeknownst to me there were some sports themed scenes from Fletch that didn't make the final film.  One of those was of Fletch posing as a relief pitcher for the Dodgers.  I thought eventually I'd be doing another card or two starring Chevy Chase but I thought I didn't think it'd be another I.M. Fletcher card.  But... there could be one last Fletch card yet to be made.  There's also a deleted scene of Fletch as a goalie for the L.A. Kings and if a decent quality picture of it ever surfaces I'll be all over it.

The card is in the style of Topps' 1985 baseball design.  Get your copy HERE.

Hopefully we, as a world community, collectively kick some coronavirus ass so we can all resume our normal lives.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Britney Spears

Right before Super Bowl LIV I was listening to podcast and they made a reference to an article that ranked the best halftime performances of all-time for the big game.  Ranked pretty high on that list was the 2001 show with Aersomith, Britney Spears, N' Sync, et al.  I remember that well because of how smoking hot Britney was during that performance.  Never the biggest Britney guy, but I can't deny I took notice of her at least for that show.

This card is done in the style of the 1991 Upper Deck football set, which was UD's inaugural pigskin offering.

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1991 Upper Deck football

Thursday, February 13, 2020


With Eminem's meme-inspiring performance of his Academy Award winning "Lose Yourself" at this years Oscars just a mere 17 years after winning for Best Original Song in a film it got me to thinking that adding a Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr. card to my 1991 ProSet Yo! MTV Raps inspired cards would be pretty phat-with a "ph".

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Little House On The Prairie

I'm not sure how it is these days because I don't watch any new television shows, but if you made a television series anytime in, let's say, the seventies up through the nineties and you didn't have a baseball episode ... was it even a t.v. show?

I've done a few cards from that familiar television trope.  Anything from The Incredible Hulk, The Greatest American Hero, Freaks and Geeks, Married... With Children, Seinfeld, and the list goes on.  Needless to say television baseball episodes have been great source material for my custom cards.

Well, not all that long ago I was alerted via Instagram DM by a helpful user about a baseball episode that had escaped my radar... Little House on the Prairie.  Who didn't enjoy an early afternoon with the Ingalls family?  Anytime I watched an episode of Little House as a kid I felt like I had just eaten a big warm bowl of oatmeal.  It was that wholesome.

1975 Topps
So, I found the episode in question on YouTube and gave it a watch.  That's my "method" if you will.  I like to have a fresh recollection of details of anything I make a card of just so I can give it the attention it deserves.  I knew right away that I'd be making a card from this particular episode.  If you're wanting to give it a watch yourself it's a Season 2 episode entitled "In the Big Inning" -- which is a clever as hell title.

Little House on the Prairie was set in the late 1800's, so I wasn't exactly going to be able to match the card design to that time frame.  Instead I went with a 1975 Topps baseball inspired design to coincide with the year the episode originally aired.

I switched it up on the card back a little bit.  Instead of going with a design that mirrored a base card backing I thought it would be cool to use the news headline style back of the Highlights subset which gave me a chance to give a synopsis of the episode. Get your copy HERE.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Red Hot Chili Peppers

I came across this pic of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and thought it would make a fun custom football card.  The photo itself (c. 2011) is the band playing tribute to The Who’s 1974 out-takes album “Odds And Sods” album cover.

I did this one in the style of a 1988 Topps football team card.  I just like the design for nostalgia reasons, 1988 was the year that I probably busted the most football packs.

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1988 Topps football