Friday, May 3, 2019


This picture of the Beastie Boys was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine back in 1998. I still had Rolling Stone subscription back then and I remember thinking it was a very cool cover. This was the August issue right after the release of Hello Nasty which was an absolute monster when I was in high school.

 The retro look of this shot gave me a chance to recreate a funky ‘70s Topps design. After a little debate I went with a 1976-77 inspired design. The one big difference is the size. This card measure the standard trading card size; 2 ½” x 3 ½”. Whereas the 1976-77 Topps basketball tipped the scale at 3 ⅛” x 4 ¼”. I think that’s the biggest season set Topps made for any sport. Why did they make then that big? Not sure, maybe being cheeky with the fact that most basketball players are tall? I made it standard size because whenever I had any kind of oversized card they’d always get dinged up as they stuck out when put with normal size cards in your card binder or it an box or stack of cards.

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