Thursday, November 11, 2021
Friday, November 5, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
There was that one time in 1984 in when Ozzy Osbourne was so bombed on Memphis' Beale Street that was taken into custody so he could sober up. Oh, and he just happened to be wearing a rad St. Louis Blues jersey shirt in his mugshot.
Beale Street is a party street so most people are three sheets to the wind while on Beale. Plus it's Ozzy freaking Osbourne in the mid '80s when, I'd hazard a guess, his baseline was inebriation. So, that begs the question as to how much alcohol was in his system to result in him being arrested for public intoxication??
There 's no better way, in my opinion, to commemorate a mildly sports-related mugshot than a custom trading car.
It was a obvious choice to go with the '84 Topps hockey inspired design. It's quite perfect that the design calls for two images so both front and side view of Ozzy's booking photo could be utilized. The back sees the event detailed in the matching '84 style.
Friday, October 22, 2021
It's plain to see that this image of Arnold Schwarzenegger and long time California Angel Brian Downing needed a custom card made out of it. It's ripe. The only issue I ran into was finding nearly no context for where this photo came from. The only thing I found was that it was suggested it was circa 1986. That would fit from the stand point of Downing being with the Angels throughout the '80s.
With not much to go on but idea that this would look great as a 1987 Topps style 'Team Leaders' card. The '87 Topps woodgrain is always a crowd pleaser.
If anyone can shed some light on what this picture was for be sure to leave that info in the comments.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
I recently did a re-watch of Zapped! I don't know how long it's been since I'd seen this movie, but we're easily talking decades. I believe Zapped! is in the same category as Revenge of the Nerds in the way it was made as a lighthearted teen comedy by '80s standards, but doesn't adhere to today's social conscience.
I was watching it just to watch a zany '80s movie with no intentions of making any trading cards from it. What spurred my interest in making cards was the brief baseball scene. Plus the fact that the film was released in 1982 which gave me a chance to revisit some of the 1982 Topps baseball inspired templates I created for the Ridgemont Series II set.
I didn't have the urge to do an overly comprehensive custom set, and I'll admit you don't get a great feel for what the movie was actually about with just these 3 cards. I was originally just going to do a play on the baseball scene of the movie but I also wanted to get the Bernadette and Jane characters on a card somehow. The "Senior Prom" card came about because I really just wanted an excuse to use the Emerson High Penguins logo which was made possible by using 'team leader' card design from the '82 Topps set.
This set may get a few more cards using the 'in action' subset from the '82 Topps so it's a little better represented. I didn't do them this time around just because my enthusiasm for the project was only about an 8 of 10 and I moved onto some autograph card designs I wanted to try.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Mikayla Demaiter is former hockey goalie turned model. If that doesn't scream Phantom Cardboard card then I don't know what does. Custom trading cards are a visual medium and Mikayla is quite a vision.
I've had Mikayla on my custom card radar for quite some time now. Back when I first became aware of Mikayla I couldn't find much info on her to be able to fill up the bio portion of the car back. Recently I checked back and there's more of that kind of information available on the interwebs. So, it was finally card time.
For this card I went with a design inspired by the 1990-91 Upper Deck hockey set.