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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 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.

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?

Through the Mail Success – Ron Gant

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I actually got this one back a few days ago.  I’ve been trying to pace myself with posting though so I don’t burn either you or me out.

This is another one of my 2015 Bad Wax Mini Heritage cards.  I originally sent out four a few weeks ago just to see how they would come back looked.  Gant is one of those guys that had a very solid career.  Not Hall of Fame, but enough to get nominated (even if he didn’t receive a vote).  He was a two time All Star and also a Silver Slugger award winner.  He had a 16 year career with over 300 career home runs, over 1000 RBIs and over 200 stolen bases.  That’s a solid career no matter how you look at it.  Add to the fact that he was always considered fan friendly and you got a guy who is still fondly remembered by fans.  This may not be the best autograph I own, but it will go up there as one of my favorites!

So how did this TTM break down?

Address sent to:

Ron Gant
C/o FOX 5 Atlanta
1551 Briarcliff Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Turnaround time: 18 days

Set for: 2015 Bad Wax Heritage Mini Cut Autographs

Running Number of signed cards in set: 3

Remaining cards from the set still out for signature: 2

2015 Sport Kings Cut Autograph – Robin Roberts

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Card Subject: Robin Roberts

Baseball Reference Link: BR Link

Player information: I got this one at the same time as the Sutter autograph.  I am so happy to finally get one.  This one was gotten for $5 shipped.  Usually it’s much more for his autograph so I was happy to find it cheaper.  Roberts was a 19 year vet, and spent the most of his career in Philadelphia.  He had a career record of 286-245 which puts him at 28th for career wins.  He was a seven time All Star and was a big part in that Phillies rotation for years.  The interesting thing about his career was that it very closely mimics Jim Kaat’s and unpon close look, Kaat needs to be in the Hall.  Maybe someday the veteran’s committee will right that wrong.

What the original signature looked like:

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 Image of a certified autograph:


Image of one of his cards:


Next Set of Through the Mail Requests

The way my customs work is unless I have some one touch magnetic cases, I don’t make the cut autograph cards because I want them protected well.  Plus because of the adhesives I use, to put these together I don’t like to store them in penny sleeves / top loaders.  The adhesive sometimes sticks to the sleeves and when it’s put into a top loader, sometimes it will smear onto the card.  I go through a box of 25 in about 6 weeks and at about $40 a pop it can get a bit pricey.

In the meantime, I can still go after autographs, at least through the mail.  So I did a little research, going through the TTM Manager at the sports card forum, and see who is a willing signer.  I came up with three guys I decided to go afterFullSizeRender.  First off John Offerdahl.  The guy was a stalwart on the Dophins offensive line for years.  He was a five time All – Pro and absolutely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I’m not even a Dolphins fan, but I know that in a league that overlooks offensive lineman, he was dominant.  Anyone who is named to five All-Pro teams, needs to be in the Hall of Fame.

Next up with Barry Larkin.  The guy signs, he is probably one of the best through the mail signers in recent memory.  This is part of the reason he is in the Hall of Fame, no not because he loves to sign for the fans.  It’s because his priorities are right on!  He is one of the most popular players in Reds history, sure he was a great player, but it was his personality that put him over the top. OK maybe that and his 12 All Star appearances.

Finally I went with Sterling Sharpe.  I always felt that he was one of the unappreciated wide outs.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame, so he FullSizeRender (1)was appreciated somewhat, but he was never considered the best of his generation.  This might have been because he was playing in the same generation as guys like Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Michael Irvin.  Make no bones about it though he was very very good.  Like both Offerdahl and Larkin, he is also a very quick signer as well.

As for the design, I went with the older design, with the big signature area.  The card I used as the blank slate is a metallic finish business card.  It’s tough to see in the picture but it looks pretty cool.  These were actually sent off on Saturday, so I am hoping some might be coming back by the first week in February.  On another front I am working on the mini cut auto card for send out.  A hint of what it’s going to look like, just think 1953 Topps baseball.  I should have pictures of it read for tomorrow.

The Mini Cut Auto

I wanted to get back into through the mail autograph collecting again.  It’s been a while since I last sent out cards.  The last batch I sent out was for soccer to MLS stars.  I have to admit, those guys are the nicest respondents I have ever gotten back.pele-mini-cut-auto-front  Some even included letters of there own back to me.  What I’d like to do though is to create mini cut autograph cards with the huge batch of old business cards I have.  I tried this once before making a Pele replica cut autograph seen to the right. I really do love how that came out.  There are some obvious problems with making a mini cut autograph.

First off, the window is tiny.  Accounting for a sizable border so that the card can be trimmed, I had to make the window small.  Next toss in the fact that I need some room to design something and the window gets smaller.  So in order to do a TTM card to send out, I would have to send them the made card to do the signing in the window and that kind of defeats the purpose of a “Cut” autograph.  The other option would be to forgo a fancy “retro” design on the front in order to have the biggest available window, which is probably going to be the way I end up going anyways.  The idea was to send out the blank business card to get the autograph, then turn it into a card when I had time.  However how many TTMs will come back with a signed business card? I don’t think many would.  So I guess either way I’m going to have to come up with a plan.


I will say this though. the back of the card came out looking quite nice and stayed very much true to the original version of Topps 1985 football.  I think I’ll make a few versions of these before I start sending them out.  I may have to go the route of the Sport Kings cut auto and make a borderless card to make it easier for the athlete to sign.

I’m thinking to start, one football, one baseball and one hockey.  I’ve been toying with the 1948 Leaf Boxing, 1979 Topps Football, 1977 Topps baseball, and 1977 Topps Hockey designs. So starting tonight and working into the next few weeks I will roll them out as I finish them.

Also check back later this week for my second installment on how to make a custom card.  Finally, I want to send a thank you out to anyone who reads this blog and as a token of my appreciation I will have a giveaway as soon as we reach 1000 views.  So stay tuned . . .