Friday, February 16, 2018

1992 Topps #925 Gary Green

Gary Green played in the Majors in 1986, and then again from 1989-1992. He played for the San Diego Padres in 1986 and 1989, the Texas Rangers in 1990 and 1991, and finished his career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1992.

Gary actually got a Topps card way back in 1985, since he was part of the 1984 US Olympic baseball team. His only other Topps card came in the 1991 set. He is missing cards from the 1987, 1990, and 1993 Topps sets after I made his 1992 Topps custom.

I have a lot of card projects going on right now. I am making some customs for 2 different people, working on getting coaches/managers/stadiums completed for the 2018 Topps checklist, and also still plugging away at the 1998 Topps set. Hopefully things will slow down pretty soon, and I'll be able to knock out a bunch of customs in the '98 set. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Friday, January 26, 2018

1992 Topps #924 Tom Edens

Tom Edens played in the Majors from 1987 through 1995. He got called up to the New York Mets in 1987, saw time in the minors the next 2 years, spent 1990 with the Milwaukee Brewers, played in 1991 for the World Champion Minnesota Twins, stayed with them through 1992. He played for the Houston Astros in 1993 and 1994, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies at the '94 Trading Deadline. He finished the season with them, and played his last year with the Chicago Cubs in 1995.

Tom only got 2 Topps cards, a 1991 Topps card, and a 1994 Topps card. He is missing cards from the 1988, 1992, 1995, and 1996 Topps sets. This '92 Topps custom crosses one of them off of the list.

I actually met Tom in 1996 while he was in Spring Training with the Kansas City Royals, and he was very nice, signing a softball and a 1994 Topps card for me.  Really wish I would've had more of his cards back then. Here is the softball he signed.

I am almost a week away from going from my first card show, and I have a feeling I will have a bunch of cards after it is over with. Thanks to everyone who answered questions for me on my previous post. I recently worked out a trade with a Mark Canha collector after pulling his 2017 Topps Series 2 printing plate from a pack, and got a number of nice Rays cards and also some PC guys. I will post about that pretty soon. Adam from ARP Smith's Sportscard obsession and Greg from Night Owl Cards have both generously offered to send me some Rays cards. In the next few days, 2018 Topps Series 1 should be out, and I hope to get at least a few packs of it. Finally, even though I have a +/- $20 budget for the card show, I hope to get some nice dime box deals and hopefully get at least 50 or so cards for my PC, Rays, Tigers, Highlights, Refractor/shiny, and rookie card binders. I can't wait to sort through them all.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1992 Topps #923 Wally Ritchie

Wally Ritchie pitched in the Majors in 1987, 1988, 1991, and 1992, all with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Wally recieved cards in the 1987 Traded, and 1988 Topps sets. He got a card in the 1992 Topps Stadium Club set, but not in the regular set for some reason. He is missing cards from the 1989 and 1993 Topps set, and just needs those to go with this 1992 Topps custom to complete his career Topps run.

I have tons of projects going on right now. I have been re-working my Want List/Favorite Player Collection on my other blog to have links to each player showing pictures of all of their cards that I have. It should be fun when it is completed, but it is a little tedious right now. I am still working on finishing the cards for my 2020 Topps Archives: The Lost Cards set, and who knows, perhaps when it is finished, it might be good enough to pitch to Topps. We'll see. I have been working on some Turkey Red cards of the '06 Detroit Tigers team for the upcoming KOD 27 season, and it is going to be sweet to see some of my customs on the site. I have enjoyed seeing the different cards made for KOD for a while now, and have come across many of them while making different customs. I have put the '84 Topps checklist page up (many thanks to Paul), so that is ready to go (the templates, not so much), I have been working on a few cards with some new templates sent to me with the '05 and '11 Topps sets thanks to a reader, and I still have the '98 Topps project going (on the back burner, but it will be back in full swing once the '2020 Archives project is done).
Lastly, I did not make it to the comic show on Sunday, so I still have not been to a real card show, but I don't think there would've been much there anyways. There is good news. There is a card show in Orlando on February 3rd, and I'm doing so much as requesting the day off so I can go. If any of you that read this are in the area and are going, LET ME KNOW!! I don't really know anyone near me that collects cards, and I would love to do some trading. I hope to do a nice blog post on what I find at the show, so stay tuned. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

1992 Topps #922 Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner played for one year in the Major Leagues in 1991 with the Houston Astros. He got into 5 games, putting up a 1-2 record with 12 Strikeouts and a 4.01 ERA.

Chris got into a few major card sets, including 1992 Bowman, 1992 Donruss (Rated Rookies), 1992 Leaf, 1992 Pinnacle (Rookie Prospects), and the 1992 Topps Debut set. He didn't get into the regular 1992 Topps set, and this '92 Topps custom completes his career Topps run.

I am almost done with a busy week, with work and 2 doctor appointments tomorrow, and I am hoping to get some time to work on customs later tomorrow night and a little before and after another doctor appointment on Friday. I also have a new toy to get figured out by Sunday, a nice Korg Tritan Studio keyboard, and I'm hoping to go through the effects and finding a few nice ones to use at church. I'm hoping there will be a nice one similar to a Fender Rhodes, a few electric pianos, some Hammond B3 organ effects, and maybe some synth effects or two. Needless to say, it's going to be a fun, but busy few days for me. Thanks for checking out my latest card.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

1992 Topps #921 Doug Glanville Draft Pick

Doug Glanville spent a good deal of time in the Majors, and gained notoriety for his intelligence, and currently writes for the New York Times and ESPN. He made it to the Majors in 1996 with the Chicago Cubs, and played for them until the end of the 1997 season. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1998 to 2002. He split 2003 with the Texas Rangers and Cubs, and finished his career in 2004 with Phillies. 

Doug got his first Topps card in the 1995 set, on an On Deck card that he shared with Darron Cox. He was left off of the 1997 set, but then got into the 1998 through 2005 Topps sets to finish his career Topps run. Doug is just missing a card in the 1997 Topps set to finish his career Topps run. I will probably make it and post it on my other blog to finish his career Topps run. 

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Friday, December 15, 2017

1992 Topps #920 Tom Herr

Tom Herr put up a decent career in the Bigs from 1979-1991. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1979 through the middle of the '88 season, winning a World Series in 1982 with them. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins in the middle of the 1988 season, and finished the season with them. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989, and split 1990 with the Phillies and New York Mets. He played his last season in the Majors, 1991, with the Mets and the San Francisco Giants.

Tom got a Topps card in every set from 1980 to 1991. He is only missing a card in the 1992 set to finish his career Topps run. This '92 Topps custom I made finishes his career Topps run.

I have finished the 1986 Topps checklist (much thanks to Paul for doing the research), as well as the templates, which finishes the checklist and templates for every Topps set from 1986-2001. I am hard at work at my 2020 Topps Archives Lost Cards checklist, as well as making customs in the '98 Topps set. You can expect some fun cards in 2018. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

1992 Topps #919 Denny Martinez Season Highlights

Today's card is the 2nd Season Highlights subset card in my custom 1992 Topps set. Denny Martinez pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers in 1991, and only got a regular card and an All-Star card in the 1992 Topps set. Most other card companies, like Donruss, Fleer, Score, and I believe Upper Deck, all gave him a card commemorating the perfecto. This is actually an error card, as I left out an 'm' in the word 'game' in the 2nd sentence. It would've been cool pulling a card like this out of a pack in 1992. Too bad Topps didn't make any.

I have finished the 1997 Topps checklist, and have been working a little on making customs for a few projects. I am currently working on the 1998 set, doing some replacement player Pirates in the 1994 Topps Traded Update set (thanks to Gene Collier from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for helping me get a complete roster!), and I am back at work trying to create a checklist for a fantasy 2020 Topps Archives: The Lost Cards set, which will feature missing Topps cards from different Topps sets in a set similar to the original Topps Archives ones.  Stay tuned for more on that on my other blog.

Life will be pretty crazy in the coming weeks, and I probably won't do a post before the new year, so have a Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you do or don't celebrate) and a Happy New Year!  Thanks for checking out my latest post.