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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.

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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.

 

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:

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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 cash4graphs@gmail.com 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.

Through The Mail Success (Hockey Style) – Larry Robinson

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I’m showing a bit of hockey love today.  Larry Robinson was lightening fast with his return, I think it was just 11 days, he even sent a note saying how much he liked the card which was a bit of a feather in my cap.

Although my Mark Howe autograph attempt fell on deaf ears, Marry Robinson was only too happy to send me his.  Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995, he is widely considered one of the best defensivemen ever to play the game.  He played from 1971 to 1992 and tallied 958 regular season points in his career.  He has been a successful coach since his retirement as both an assistant and head coach.  He won the Con Smythe Trophy once and the Norris Trophy twice.

Overall a great signing from who many consider one of the nicest guys in hockey.

Example of certified signature:

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Rookie card:

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Through The Mail Success – Tedy Bruschi

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This one came back about two weeks ago.  As many of you know I am an University of Arizona alumni.  I thought it would be great to post a pro – Wildcat TTM success.  I was at U of A from 1989 – 1993, right in the thick of Desert Swarm.  I met many members of this defense over the years while I was a part of KAMP student radio, serving as the Sports Director.  Bruschi is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.  He was great to do interviews with (of which I did quite a few) and was just so down to earth.  I have a bunch of his autographs that I have gotten over the years, but I wanted one that was on my new design, so off it went on a three week journey.

His awards are as follows:

  • 2× Consensus All-American (1994, 1995)
  • 3× First-team All-Pac-10 (1993, 1994, 1995)
  • Morris Trophy (1995)
  • Pro Bowl (2004)
  • 2× All-Pro (2003, 2004)
  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)
  • 5× AFC champion (1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007)
  • 2× Ed Block Courage Award (2000, 2005)
  • AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2005)
  • PFWA NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2005)
  • New England Patriots All-2000s Team
  • New England Patriots 50th Anniversary Team
  • College Football Hall of Fame inductee (2013)

Where I sent it:

Tedy Bruschi
c/o ESPN
935 Middle St.
Bristol, CT 06010

Turnaround time: 25 days

Number of cards signed in the set: 4

Finally, I hope that U of A gets the number one seed in the west later today.  They deserve it, they won their conference and the conference tournament, unlike both Virginia and Duke.

“Borrowing” From Topps – 2015 Heritage Cuts – Graig Nettles

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I had to do it.  Actually to be honest most of my designs borrow from Topps’s designs.  This one though is completely torn from this year’s set.  I don’t like the way they did the cut autographs, but I do like the design.  Of course I did do some alterations.  Anywhere there was Topps, I replaced it with Bad Wax.  Before you tattle on me to Topps, just realize that I don’t sell these cards.  They are for my personal collection.  I am first and foremost a cut autograph collector and with the scarcity in these sets, the cost per card is astronomical.  So . . . I make my own damn cards.

As for the player, I won this card off eBay, it does come with JSA certification (for whatever that’s worth), and I purchased it for $9.59 including shipping.  A bit steep but Nettles is a fan favorite and for a signed index card of him, it’s actually not a bad price.  I’ve seen the average run about $14-17 shipped.  As many of you know I am a Yankee fan.  When growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, I had a few favorites.  Thurman Munson, Ron Guidry and Graig Nettles.  Those three were my childhood heroes.  They also command a lot of $$$ for autographs.  I have a Gator autograph already, Munson is beyond my means and the Nettles has eluded me for years.

Nettles is borderline Hall of Fame worthy.  His resume includes six All Star games, two World Series rings, an ALCS MVP award, two time Gold Glove winner, one time AL homerun champ, and most importantly he was captain of the Yanks from 1982-1984.  Things holding him back was his 0.248 batting average and 390 home runs.  If either were higher, he would be in.  Make no bones about it though, he was a 3-5 in the lineup hitter for the majority of his 22 year career.

EloRater Rank: #79, before Billy Williams, A-Rod, and Joe Cronin, but after Ken Boyer, Kenny Lofton and Gary Carter.

Baseball Reference Page: Graig Nettles

Wikipedia Page: Graig Nettles

Cards Number: BWHC-GN

Cards in set: 1

Certified autograph:

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Rookie card:

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Through the Mail Success – Jim Bunning

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Got this one back mid last week. What an amazing through the mail success.  I love players like Jim Bunning who is widely considered one of the top 50 pitchers of all time, take the time to sign and send back ttm autograph requests.  His career was legendary, two no hitters, including a perfect game. At the time of his retirement he had the second most strikeouts, currently he sits 17th. He appeared in 9 All Star games, he won 17 or more games in eight of his 17 seasons, a three time strikeout champion, and a World Series champion.

If that’s not enough he then led a life of a politician for his home state of Kentucky for the next 30+ years.  Including being a member of the US House of Representatives from 1987 – 1999, and a US Senator from 1999-2011. What an amazing life he has led.   I had decided to make the card of him as a Tiger for a few reasons. First, it’s where he won his most games and second he won a World Series there.  However it should be noted that most people remember him as a Phillie.  I apologize Phillie fans, for taking him away from you, but I had to make the card of him as a Tiger.

Turnaround time: 14 days

Player’s Baseball Reference Page: Jim Bunning

Player’s Wikipedia page: Jim Bunning

Current Number of Cards in the set: 5

Card Number: VC-JB