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. 

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