Saturday, March 26, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Friday, March 18, 2022
Back in October of 2021 the hilarious Tracy Morgan went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his television show The Last O.G. He came out for his segment inexplicably dressed in a full Superman get-up. His reasoning? Tracy said he was tired of Superman being white, and that his rendition was "black, with a gut".
To me Tracy Morgan is one of those comedians that is funny simply by his voice and mannerisms. His Brian Fellows SNL skits are some of my favorites of all-time.
|1978 Topps Superman|
I thought it'd be fun to make a mock Tracy Morgan Superman card in the style of the 1978 Superman set by Topps. Instead of framing it like on of the base cards I went with the sticker design. I always liked the look of the stickers that were typically part of Topps' non-sport sets back then. My goal was to replicate the 'perfectly imperfect' look of those stickers, of most note is the die-cut not quite lining up. I thought that would give a more authentic feel. It's worth pointing out that this, like my Leia sticker, is not an actual peelable sticker, it's just made to look like one.
The reverse sides of the 1978 Superman stickers were blank white backs. I decided it would be better to instead have this Tracy Morgan faux sticker card look like part of a puzzle back which Topps started doing a few years later.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Zehra Güneş is a Turkish volleyball standout. One of her pictures came up as I was scrolling through the Instagram discovery page. I 'liked' it and with the way IG works her pics are in heavy rotation on that page now. I decided that it was a sign that the 2021 Turkish League MVP should get her own custom trading card.
This card is done in the style of the 1992-93 Upper Deck McDonald's basketball set.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Although I'm still making my cards primarily for me, I do GREATLY appreciate whenever anyone takes enough of a liking to them to want to collect these cards. Sincere as one can be I'm truly honored whenever anyone gets excited about getting copies of these cards. It's never once been lost on me or taken for granted.
There's a gentleman in New York, also a creative type, that owns a number of my little 2.5" x 3.5" pop-culture creations. He and I did a virtual fist-bump many years ago to my Fast Times set. I love Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it's one of the movies I cite as being tied for first place in my list of favorites. And, I've made more than a couple Fast Times cards throughout the years.
I got a message from him that he was submitting my cards in his work's newsletter under a section about 'most prized possessions' . Obviously I was floored and very touched by the gesture. He forwarded me the screen shot and was okay with me sharing it here which is what I'm doing now as it means a lot to me to hear that something I do makes others happy. Even though I really am uncomfortable with any extra attention, it's always great to get affirmation that you're putting some positive out to the world even if it is something as silly as vintage inspired custom trading cards.
Friday, March 4, 2022
This card came as a request from one of my best friends. He doesn't even collect, he's just been a fan of Avril's for as long as I can remember. Avril is a little topical at the moment having just released her seventh studio album.
The design is of course a 1989 Upper Deck baseball inspired design mixed with Avril's bubblegum punk rock aesthetic.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
I was originally going to use an Upper Deck football inspired design. UD is kind of my go to when it comes to female athlete cards (or models dressed as athletes). The reason being is the photography on a gloss white stock is what Upper Deck was all about when they came out and changed the game in 1989. I decided not to go with an Upper Deck inspired design just to switch things up a bit, but I did do this card on the same white gloss stock that I would have used for a UD inspired card.