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Jose Canseco and Bill Matlock Custom Cut Autographs

Once again, Isiais at Cash4graphs came through with some amazing signings.  He got me Jose Canseco and Bill Matlock and I couldn’t be happier with how they came out.


While I do have a Bill Madlock autograph in my PC, I don’t have a Canseco and I am stocked!  How do you guys like?

New Template – Bazooka Gum Cut Autograph Jim Davenport

It’s been a while, and while I wish I could tell you I’ve been too busy to post, that would be a lie. So instead I’ll just go with, I’ve been busy acquiring index cards to turn into cut autographs.  Also been busy creating new designs of cut autographs.  One of which I would like to share is my newest Bazooka Gum cut autograph.

bazooka cut auto davenport front


bazooka cut auto davenport back

While this is not my most elegant cut autograph, I really love the way it came out.  The idea started when I tried to come up with an older product that could include baseball cards as a giveaway.  Bazooka used to print baseball cards on the back of the box.  I’ve always loved the iconic design of the wrapper so, what better way to present the card, but with the red white and blue wrapper as the front of the card.

Matching up the font was tough. originally I was going to go with the Bazooka font, but that proved to look hideous, so I went with the font that is used in the word “original” on the wrapper.  As for the back I wanted that cheap comic feel, with Bazooka Joe’s face.  From there, I wanted an easy way to show the career accomplishments and a short bio.

In retrospect, I should have not used this Jim Davenport autograph as my test dummy, however I realized too late that it was bigger than the window.  I should have used my Sport Kings boarder less design.  I did end up getting his entire name in the window with a little creative rotation.

As you know most of my cut autograph collection revolves around All Stars or Pro Bowlers only.  Davenport was a one time all star from the late 50s and early 60s.  I love getting these kinds of guys into my collection since, it’s a little before my time and not a well known player.  Davenport had a solid career that hit it’s apex in 1962. A contemporary comparison would be Jerry Hairston.  Not quite a superstar, but definitely a star player.

I’m curious to know what you think about this one.  Both the player and the design.  Don’t hold back and be as critical as possible.


When Comic Books Meet Sports – Custom Comic Cards

I have been working on the idea of a sports related comic book cover idea.  I love my cards and love comics and the merger of the two just makes sense.  I plan on doing 8 1/2″ x 11″ versions and also 3.5″ x 2.5″ versions as well.  I think it’s going to be amazing.  Here is Issue one, I decided to take on the new look Troy Tulowitzki.  Let me know what you guys think.  I am currently working on a back for it as well.

1 Troy Tulowitzki

Custom Pre-Cut Autograph Cards – Jose Canseco and Bill Madlock

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I know I am.  I made quite a few new custom cut autograph cards. Two of which I am posting below are for an upcoming through Isaias from cash4graphs.   I’ve gotten some other cards signed through Isaias before, namely Gaylord Perry.  This time, I am going for Jose Canseco and Bill Madlock.  Jose Canseco is running $13 for cards with a free inscription. While Madlock will run $10 without an inscription.

I decided to use my 1986 Topps Design for the Canseco and the 2014 Allen and Ginter design for the Madlock card, below you can see the fronts and backs of the cards:



As for the signings, below I will post the details just in case you are interested:

Jose Canseco
MLB 40/40 Club Member

-Price per signature:
-Cards: only $13 each!
-Balls & Flats: $18 each
-All other items: $20 each
-Inscriptions: 1 FREE, all additional inscriptions are $5 each

-Signing to take place on August 6, 2015
-All items must be received by August 1, 2015

Bill Madlock
4X Batting Title, 3X All Star, WS Champ

-Price per signature:
-Cards: only $10 each or 5+ for $8 each!
-Balls & Flats: $15 each
-Premium items (bats, jerseys, equipment): $20 each
-Inscriptions: $5 each
-Signing to take place on August 6, 2015
-All items must be received by August 1, 2015

Email Isaias at for more information or to get on his mailing list.If you are ever interested in any of my cards, feel free to contact me.

The Blogosphere’s New Retro Set – Idea Bat Around

If you read my post from yesterday and you came back today, I want to thank you!  That means you want in on this idea of mine, as half baked as it is.  We need to come up with a fictional product and brand name.  Of course I feel like the best way to do this is to do a blog bat around and get everyone’s ideas.  Yup we’re talking homework here.

Since this is a retro set and sports cards are geared towards males.  I’m thinking the product has to be male oriented and in my opinion needs to be something that doesn’t exist any more (for instance male garter socks, or maybe some sort of weird tonic medicine). I’m good with using tobacco or candy but it should be something that by today’s standards seems outrageous.  See below for an example:

CONNORS BRIGHTON 01273 486851 COLLECT PICTURE As Britain’s advertising watchdog has received almost 100 complaints that a Channel 4 ad campaign for hit documentary Big Fat Gypsy Weddings  is offensive and racist. A look at old adverts show nothing has changed over the years. Cocaine Toothache Drops



Here are your marching orders if you want in:

  1. Come up with a product.
  2. Come up with a company name.
  3. Create some kind of logo.

Many of you might not have photoshop and that’s ok, I myself use GIMP which is damn good! Plus there are a ton of tutorials out there on how to use it.  Let’s let this roll to the weekend and then as you make posts with your ideas, post a link to it in my comment section of reply to my tweet.  Next week, I will set up a poll so everyone can vote. Then we can move on from there.  Also please retweet this as much as possible to get maximum exposure / participation.

Since Panini and Topps Won’t, Let’s Create an Original Vintage Set

Ok let’s get the I’m-sorry-I-haven’t-posted-in-forever-crap-out-of-the-way-now.  I have been truly uninspired for quite some time.  Actually I sat with this post open for a few hours before I figured out what exactly to write about.  It was about 5 minutes ago and an idea popped up in my head.  We have so many custom card makers online.  Some are experts, some are novice, all are creative.  I thought wouldn’t it be cool to come up with our own set.  One that everyone could contribute to.  I mean everyone has a specialty.  Mine is cut autographs.  Then I thought about the state of the industry, what is missing.  I believe what’s missing is an iconic set. What is the last truly iconic set you can remember and would want to crack a box of?

Since the companies aren’t going to give us a new “retro” set, and by that I don’t mean a re-hashed old set. I’m talking a brand new old timey design.  Something that hasn’t been done to death.  Imagine the next Gypsy Queen, Goudy, or Old Judge set.  Something new that could be updated on a year to year basis.  Of cards that we can make on our own. This is way too big for just one person though.  That’s why I am throwing it out to the custom card community.  Think of it as a blog bat around, but more interactive.

The way I see it we need the following:

  • Come up with a fictional company.  The product should be something weird, think along the line of Mayo Cut Plugs.candyforchildren_003
  • Come up with some kind of slogan (like the one above)
  • Determine the size of the card (3.5″ x 2.5″ standard size) or go smaller, like business card size.
  • Come up with a base set design template.
  • Come up with unique SPs or parallels (like cut autographs).
  • Everyone make and trade cards.

Maybe I’m just pie in the sky dreaming, or maybe it could be a lot of fun for everyone involved. What do you think?

Is Justin Verlander Already A Hall of Famer?

Every night for fun, I like to spend time on the Baseball Reference website looking up undervalued players.  It’s the rabbit hole that is my usual evening.  Last night I started with Sandy Koufax’s stats and started looking up similar players.  Koufax’s career was ridiculous and much like Chris Borland, he retired due to injury concerns regarding his arm in the absolute prime of his career.  From Koufax I went to Ron Guidry who in my opinion is borderline Hall of Fame worthy.  His career led me to Verlander.

Now we all know just how good Verlander is, but thanks to Max Sherzer, his name has fallen a little off the map.  His numbers are astounding.  In 10 seasons, he has won 15 or more games seven times!  He has won the Rookie of the Year, a Cy Young award and a MVP award.  He has 152 career wins and 1830 strikeouts, and he will turn 32 this year.  If he were to retire today, his black ink score is 46, where ~40 should put you in the Hall of Fame.  To give you reference, Tom Glavine’s was a 29 and he got in.  The only pitcher that I found with stats as dominant as his over that long a stretch of time is Mike Mussina (who also deserves to be in the Hall of Fame), who has a 19 black ink score.

There was a time when Justin was younger that his cards were white hot, but that has changed over the years.  With the emergence of so many young dominant pitchers, Verlander’s value in cards has stalled.  You can find his autographed cards on eBay for a staggeringly lower value than they should have.  I’ve seen some of his certified autographed cards go for as low as $9.99 and as high as $31.  For a player of his merit, you would expect o pay much more.  I feel his cards are way undervalued and should see a correction if he ever makes it to the Hall of Fame.

How do you see it? Is his career Hall of Fame worthy at this point? If he retired tomorrow would he be in?