Sports Card Club
Over the last few months, I have gotten into creating custom football cards using photoshop. Recently, I began printing out the cards and turning my digital creations into real cards.
I have a variety of reasons I like doing this. I have a lot of players that I liked as a kid who never had cards, creating my own allows me to send them TTM requests with cards. I also like the idea of creating cards that were never made but I wish would have been. It's also just fun.
I first started by creating an Oregon Ducks set...my favorite college team (and the school where I did my undergraduate studies). I created a 1967 Topps themed design and I am still adding cards to that set. You can see it here:
I have since branched out and started creating other cards. I have decided to start my own little random assortment of custom cards which I will post here. I'm gonna number them as I go along....
In my spare time, I enjoy creating custom sports cards. I started doing this a while back simply as an exercise to learn how to use Photoshop and it grew into a hobby. I went from creating that first prototype card, to creating a digital collection, to experimenting with printing to eventually producing my own cards. It has been a lot of fun and can be really rewarding to see something that you created yourself turn out so well.
For me, the thought of learning to use Photoshop and the whole process of creating cards seemed so daunting I was hesitant to try at first. Once I started do it, I realized it really isn’t that hard. There are some challenges and you have to pay attention to the details but as long as you are willing to take your time with it, you will get great results.
When I first started doing this, I asked for advice from a bunch of people online. Some were very helpful and I have rolled their advice...
2015 Topps Chrome
Per box items:
24 packs per box
4 cards per pack
2 chrome autographs per box
2015 Topps Chrome is a direct parallel to the base set, only with a chrome finish. The card fronts feature a color action shot of the player. The picture is 'framed' with a complementary team color pin stripe. The border is a stylized gradient of the team primary color to white from bottom to top. The Topps logo is in either the top right or left corner depending on picture. The player name, team name, position, and Team logo are all located on the bottom border of the card. The card backs are photo-less and are all in horizontal layout. The backs contain a fair amount of biographical information, complete career statistics and career highlights or player quote. The team name, logo, and player position are again available on the card back. the color scheme of the back is similar to that of the front.
What I Pulled:
96 unique cards
81 base set...
DC comics Super-Villains sheds some light into the dark world of super-villains. Everybody loves a hero and every fan has their favorite capes-crusader and costumed wonder. What do all of these heroes have in common? They all have a an arch emery, or several if you are really good. Where would our heroes be without the villains? I mean what is light without darkness to compare it to? DC Comics Super-Villains answers these questions and proves that sometimes it is good to be bad!
Information for Cryptozoic:
For every light, there is a shadow. And some shadows are darker than can be imagined. Those shadows are called Super-Villains.
Celebrate some of the greatest evil-doers in DC Comics with Super-Villains Trading Cards. Base cards feature comic art by some of the top artists in the industry and copy written by comics veteran Adam Beechen. Collectors can look forward to six exciting chase sets, sketch cards inserted 1:24 packs, Totally Fabricated™ cards featuring...
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the story with vivid and exciting scenes from the motion picture movie. The base set includes 72 cards. The card stock is standard issue size. The boarder-less card fronts alternate between horizontal and vertical layout showing iconic moments from the second movie in The Hobbit trilogy. The card backs have a small often character portrait picture related to the scene and a brief description of the story depicted on the front.
Information from Cryptozoic:
"Relive the adventure of the reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, as he sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. This new trading card set captures all the wonder of Middle Earth in a new base set, as well as multiple chase sets including character biographies, posters, and more. Autograph and one-of-a-kind Fine Art cards are also randomly inserted into packs of this gorgeous new...
2015 Topps Tier OnePer Box Items:
The cards are thinker than standard issue cards. The cards designs are very modern with sleek graphics, gold and silver foils and boarder-less designs. All three cards have a color picture of the named player superimposed over a different gradient background depending on the subset. The card backs are photo-less. Th backs contain moderate career highlights and achievements.
What I pulled:
Giancarlo Stanton relic #/399
Ryan Zimmerman auto #/25
Tyson Ross 'New Guard Autographs' auto #/25
2015 Topps Tier One returns as a very popular high-end product. The first thing that caught my attention was the sharp contrast in the card...
It is with much excitement that I write our first review for Cryptozoic Entertainment! Producing entertainment cards with fans and collectors in mind, Cryptozoic releases represent a cross section of pop culture. Unlike traditional sport card sets with cards of players from every team, Cryptozoic sets tell the story of a series or movie. These sets are smaller in total cards then most sports card sets and usually a complete set in included in each box. As such these reviews will be slightly different as the 'base set completion" will almost always be 100%. I hope my thoughts, recommendations and card pictures will help make you as excited for these cards releases as I am! I welcome your thoughts and comments too!
As always base and inserts cards are free! (just provide a SASE) Now let's get revved up for Sons of Anarchy!
The 72 card base set shows keys scenes of the television series from the fourth and fifth seasons. I will admit that I do not follow "SoA' as much as I...
2015 Topps Gypsy Queen
Per Box items:
24 packs per box
10 cards per pack
2 autographs per box
2 relics per box
6 short printed cards per box
1 top-loader mini box containing 10 mini cards
The 350 card set features art style drawings of the featured player in either posed or action scenes. The card fronts are bordered with a olive and tan frame. The set name is in the top left corner and the player and team name are opposite. The card backs are photo-less. The white backs contain a simple frame graphic and either a 2014 highlight for current players or a career highlight for retired stars.
What I pulled:
187 base set cards (1-300)
6 short printed cards (301-350)
15 inserts cards
2 serial numbered parallels
20 mini parallels
1 mini insert
3 serial numbered mini parallels
10 mini variation cards (top loader mini-box)
Base card front and back:...
2015 Topps Opening Day
Per Box Items:
36 packs per box
7 cards per box
2015 Topps Opening Day is similar to 2015 Topps Series One with the addition of the 'Opening Day' logo. The card fronts feature a color action shot of the player. The picture is 'framed' with a complementary team color pin stripe. The border is a stylized gradient of the team primary color to white from bottom to top. The Topps logo is in either the top right or left corner depending on picture. The player name, team name, position, and Team logo are all located on the bottom border of the card. The card backs are photo-less and are all in horizontal layout. The backs contain a fair amount of biographical information, complete career statistics and career highlights or player quote. The team name, logo, and player position are again available on the card back. the color scheme of the back is similar to that of the front.
What I pulled:
199 base set cards 199/200
For today's column I will look at products offered on cardcasepro. They produce storage boxes and sleeves designed for graded cards. Excerpt from their webpage:
The Card Case is designed be as attractive as it is functional. Finally, a storage case designed specifically for storing sports-cards. Designed from the ground up, providing collectors a quality alternative to cardboard boxes. Made from durable, scratch resistant materials and hand assembled to ensure high quality craftsmanship and durability.
The Card Case is their signature product. "Built by collectors, for collectors," the Card Case is an excellent solution for storing large quantities of graded cards. Collectors often spend hundreds of dollars on grading services for thousands of dollars of sports cards to them put them in a cardboard storage box or plastic tote. Many collectors store and display their...
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