Dick Vitale Failure
Although I usually take pride in my cut autograph cards, sometimes I have a failure or two, which really pisses me off! This time around it was for a Dick Vitale card I was working on for myself. When you first look at the picture on your right you think, not too bad. Nice signature, nice card, but then you click on it and you start seeing flaws. Lots of them! First off the signature card itself was signed at a 30 degree angle. Take it from someone who has made a ton of cut autograph cards. Do not under any circumstances ever try to make a cut autographed card with a signature thats not straight. Doesn’t matter if it’s horizontal or vertical, just don’t do it! The second problem, and I should have known from the start, the signature was just too big. I got the card as part of a big lot on eBay. I made all the other cards into cut autograph cards already so this was kind of a gimmee anyway, but still I wanted it. It was just one problem after the next though. I printed out the card and cut it just fine, but the problems came when I tried to positiion the signature. My cat bumped my arm and because I use a permanent sticker type I used bound it to the card. Not that it would have helped as the signature was too big anyhow. So the V in Vitale got hacked out. Then there was a smudge on the top of the card from the sticker bond. and the smudge on the vitale card itself.
To top it off, I was so pissed about the front of the card, I didn’t even notice that the back of the card was being put on upside down. Kinda par for the course I guess. Really screwed this one up. So clearly I am not a fan of this one but it will go into my personal collection with the others.
As for why Dick Vitale is a Sport King? The guy is college basketball! One would argue that without Vitale all these years, college basketball wouldn’t be half as exciting as it currently is. I mean before Dickey V came along how popular was college basketball? Not quite as big as it is today. I will probably try to find a new one on the Bay in order to make it right.
Still though, even I make mistakes. So before you go out and try making these on your own, be careful as sometimes you can make a mistake that will cost you an autograph like I did.