Monday, March 27, 2017

1992 Topps #902 Ron Witmeyer

Ron Witmeyer played season in the Majors, in 1991, for the Oakland Athletics. He got 1 hit, a single, in 19 At-Bats. He currently is Owner/Director of Instruction at Frozen Ropes, a baseball instruction academy in San Diego, California. I emailed Ron a link to this post, so maybe he will see it.

Ron appeared in just 2 major sets, a 1992 Stadium Club card, and a 1992 Topps debut card, along with a dozen minor league issues. I also have Witmeyer listed as a replacement player for the 1995 Oakland A's, so I will be making a 1994 Topps Traded Update card to finish out his career Topps run.

I haven't had time to post much or do many customs, but I think I might find a little time this week. I am doing a little work on the 1999 Topps checklist, and I kind of want to see how it compares to the rest of them. I remember watching a ton of baseball in 1998, and even thought I don't have very much at all of the 1999 Topps set, I have a feeling that I will recognize player names in the 1998 set the most. I'm also hoping to make a few more customs of the Netherlands for the WBC set that we have going on at the Facebook Custom Card Group. You should join if you are into making customs or just enjoy viewing them. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

1992 Topps #901 Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones only pitched 2 years in the Majors, 1991 and 1992, both for the Mariners. He was the Mariners first round pick in the 1984 MLB Draft, and he picked up 5 Wins during his career.

Calvin only got 1 Topps card, a 1993 Topps card picturing him with the Colorado Rockies. He was selected by them in the 1992 Expansion Draft, but never got called up to Colorado. He is missing only a 1993 Topps card picturing him with the Mariners to complete his career Topps run now that this 1992 Topps custom rookie is complete.

I worked on a few WBC customs today, covering every game that the Netherlands team has played so far. I would love to see a Netherlands/USA final, and would probably actually pull slightly for the Netherlands since both sets of grandparents were born there.  There are a few of us on the Facebook Custom Card Group who are making WBC customs, so feel free to check them out.  I'll probably work a little more on the 1996 Topps set later tonight (customs and checklist), and perhaps some more WBC cards.  Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

1992 Topps #900 Cory Snyder

Today's card is the 3rd superstar number card in my set, following #800 Dave Parker (another Blue Jay), and #850 Mike Scott.  Cory Snyder played in the Majors from 1986-1994. He played for the Cleveland Indians from 1986-1990. He split 1991 with the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. 1992 was spent with the San Francisco Giants, and he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in his final 2 MLB seasons, 1993 and 1994.

Cory was part of the 1985 Topps USA baseball team subset, which was his rookie card. He appeared in the 1987-1991 Topps regular sets. He was in the 1991 Traded and 1992 Traded sets, then got a card in the 1993 and 1994 regular editions. Cory was left out of the 1992 regular and 1995 regular Topps sets. His career Topps run is complete now that I made this 1992 Topps custom, as well as his 1995 Topps sunset card that I will post on my other blog once it comes up.

I've done a little work on checklists today, even though it probably won't be noticed. Michael from the custom card group on Facebook has been doing some World Series highlight cards, so I thought I would make sure I have World Series highlight cards for every game, as well as some season highlight cards in every set that I have done so far. I've completed every set through 1996, and updated the checklist cards for every set that I have completed checklists for (1989-1993). I would like to add stadium cards and team photo cards for every set, but besides having to find a ton of team photos that probably don't exist, I really don't want to fix checklist cards for 5 sets. I might add them for the 1995-2000 sets. Tomorrow, I will try to work on completing the 1996 checklist. Thanks for checking out my latest card.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

1992 Topps #899 Stu Cole

The last card in the 800 numbers in the 1992 Topps set belongs to Stu Cole. Stu played in the Majors for only 1 year, in 1991 with the Kansas City Royals.  Stu is the 3rd base coach of the Colorado Rockies, and has been so since the 2013 season.

Stu never received a card in a regular Topps issue, and only has cards in the 1992 Stadium Club and Topps Debut sets. This '92 Topps custom compeletes his career Topps run as a player. It is also an error card, as I erroneously listed him as a pitcher and not a 2nd baseman. Stu needs cards from the 2014-2018 Topps sets to complete his career Topps run as a coach.

I got my order from COMC in, and I am going to write a post about that on my other blog. I also want to put links to checklists for the 1989-2001 Topps sets on this blog.  With that, and some things I am doing with Detroit Tigers customs, making checklists for the 1996 Topps set, and trying to print some cards, I think I'll be busy for a while. Thanks for checking out my latest custom.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1992 Topps #898 Cliff Young

Cliff Young pitched in the Majors for 3 seasons. He came up with the Angels in 1990, and pitched for them in 1991. He spent 1992 in the minors, and pitched in 1993 for the Cleveland Indians. Sadly, Young was involved in a car accident in shortly after the 1993 season and lost his life.

Young never appeared in any regular Topps issues, but did appear in the 1991 Bowman, 1991 Topps Debut, and 1992 Stadium Club sets. He is now just missing cards in the 1991 and 1994 Topps sets to complete his career Topps run. This 1992 Topps customs I made would've been Young's final Angels card and middle Topps card of his career.

Looks like my order from COMC should be coming in the next week. As soon as I get them, I'll take pictures and show off what I got and post it on my other blog, and I'll probably post a link here too. I've started doing customs in the 1989 Topps set of the Detroit Tigers, and I think I'm going to try to work on each Tigers team set for a while, and also try to knock out some favorite player cards. I'm also working on the 1996 Topps checklist, and Paul is working on some other ones. Stay tuned for more customs and checklists.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

1992 Topps #897 Darnell Coles

Darnell Coles played in the Majors from 1983-1997. He played for the Mariners from 1983-1985, the Tigers in 1986 and part of 1987, the Pirates for the rest of 1987 and part of 1988, and then came back to Seattle for the remainder of 1988. He played 1989 with the Mariners and split 1990 with the Mariners and Tigers. He played 11 games with the Giants in 1991, and played for the Reds in 1992. He spent 1993 and 1994 with the Blie Jays, winning a World Series title in 1993. He played 1995 with the Cardinals, spent 1996 and part of 1997 in Japan playing ball, and finished out his playing career with the Colorado Rockies in 1997. He became a coach after he retired, and coached with the Detroit Tigers in 2014 and the Brewers from 2015 through the present.

Darnell appeared on a few sets during his playing career, with his first Topps card coming in the 1985 set. He got into the 1986 regular and Traded set, and then appeared in the 1987-1991 Topps sets, with the '91 version being his final one. Coles is missing cards from the 1984, 1993-1996, 1998, and 2015-2018  Topps sets to finish his career Topps run. This 1992 Topps custom was a little tricky to make since I was unable to find a photo of Coles in a Giants uniform. I took the photo from his 1991 Score card picturing him with the Tigers, and was able to take the Detroit logo off and paste a Giants one in its place. I think it came out pretty good, and certainly one of the better ones in my custom '92 set.

I finalized my COMC order yesterday night, so now I'm patiently waiting for it to be shipped, and I hope to post about it soon on my other blog. I also hope to add the final 1995 Topps checklist that Paul helped me finish. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

1992 Topps #896 Dave Hansen

Dave Hansen played in the Majors from 1990-2005. He made it back to the Bigs as a coach in 2011, and he is still coaching as of 2017. Dave played for the Dodgers from 1990-1996, played for the Cubs in 1997, spent 1998 in Japan, came back to the Dodgers from 1999-2002. He played for the Padres from 2003 through mid-season of 2004, and spent the rest of 2004 and all of 2005 with the Seattle Mariners, retiring after the season. He set a Major League record with 7 pinch-hit Home Runs in 2000. In 2011, Dave started his coaching career with the Dodgers. He stayed with them through the end of the 2012 season. He spent 2013 with the Seattle Mariners, and has been with the Angels from 2014 through the present.

Dave only appeared in 4 Topps sets, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 2001. He is missing cards from the 1991, 1996-2000, and 2002-2006 Topps sets. This 1992 Topps custom covers his 2nd Topps card. For his coaching career, Dave is missing cards from the 2012-2017 Topps sets.

I have the longer version on my other blog, so here is the short version of what I've been up to. Ordered a bunch of cards online, will post about them when I get them all. My boss has been giving me a bunch of junk wax cards. The 1995 Topps custom checklist is almost done. Things are busy at home, but blogging, customs, and real cards keep me sane sometimes. Thanks for checking out my latest post.