Wednesday, August 24, 2016

1992 Topps #871 Shane Turner

Today's card is probably the one that gave me the most trouble to make. Before I get to that, here's the lowdown on Shane Turner.
Shane made his MLB debut in 1988 with the Phillies. He got back into the Majors in 1991 with the O's, and played one final season with the Mariners in 1992.
Shane only has 1 regular Topps issue, his 1993 card. He is missing a 1989 and 1992 card to complete his career Topps run, and this 1992 custom only leaves his '89 card left. Turner didn't have that many cards issued during his career, only an '89 Fleer, '92 Donruss The Rookies, '92 Fleer Update, '93 Fleer, '93 Stadium Club, and the previously mentioned '93 Topps card.
Since Shane only played 4 games for the Orioles, I had a heck of a time trying to find a photo of him wearing an Orioles uniform. Nothing on a Google image search, nothing on any of his cards, I even went so far as to search YouTube for a video of any of the games he played in and came up empty. The closest thing I could find was an image of him in his Rochester uniform on a minor league card that I tried to photoshop an Oriols cap on, and you can see how that turned out. I'm not proud of this card, but it is all I have so far. If you have any ideas of how to fix it or how to find a photo of him in an Orioles uniform, please let me know.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

1991 Topps #870 Danny Heep

Danny Heep got his first taste of the Majors in 1979 with the Houston Astros. He stayed with them through 1982, then spent 1983-1986 with the Mets, winning the '86 World Series with the club. In 1987, he signed with the Dodgers, and spent 1988 as a key pinch-hitter for their Championship team. He spent 1989 with the Red Sox, hitting .300 in 320 At-Bats, by far the most in a season for him, as a platoon DH and Outfielder. He was back to bench duty with the Sox in 1990, and spent his final season with the Braves in 1991.

Danny got his first Topps card in 1981, and appeared on every set through the 1990 set. His only missing Topps cards are from the 1980, 1991, and 1992 sets. It was hard as heck to find a decent picture of Heep in a Braves uni. The only one I could find was very small, so this was the best I could do for his '92 card.

Back when I collected autographs, I tried to get every 1988 Dodger to sign their 1989 Topps card. Heep was one of the few I still needed, along with Tim Crews, Brian Holton, Ramon Martinez, Jeff Hamilton, Tommy Lasorda, Mike Scioscia, and John Shelby. Kind of makes me wish I would've done customs back then so I could've done everyone on the team.

I have some projects going on for my other blog, those, along with trying to finalize the purchase of a house, moving, and my wife and I preparing for our first child in November have been taking up my wine lately, but I will try to post new cards on here when I have a chance, and once I finish templates and a checklist, I may try to put up another blog like this where I will finish the 2001 Topps set with some help. Stay tuned. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

1992 Topps #869 Bruce Walton

Bruce Walton played 4 seasons in MLB, getting time with the A's in 1991 and 1992, the Expos in 1993, and the Rockies in 1994. After his playing career, he became a coach, making it back to the Majors with the Blue Jays from 2002-2012.
Walton didn't appear in any Topps regular issues during his career, only making it into the 1992 Topps Debut set and '92 Stadium Club set. He doesn't appear in that many non-Topps issues either, only getting a '91 Score Rookie/Traded card, a '92 Donruss The Rookie card, a '92 Fleer Update card, and a '92 Fleer Ultra card. I have a card of just about anyone who appeared in MLB from 1989-the mid '00s, and I don't believe I have any Walton cards in my collection. Needless to say, Bruce is missing cards from the '92-'95 Topps sets, and coach cards from the '03-'13 Topps sets. This '92 Topps Walton rookie gives him his first Topps card.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

1992 Topps #868 Barry Manuel

Barry Manuel was drafted out of LSU in 1987. He got his break in 1990 where he was the closer for the high-A Charlotte Rangers. He set a Florida State League record with 38 Saves (the record was tied by John Kelly of St. Petersburg in 1992 and R.A. Dickey of Charlotte in 1998). Manuel jumped to AAA Tulsa in 1991 and had 25 Saves before being called up to the Rangers. He pitched for Texas in 1992, then spent a few years in the minors before coming back to the Bigs in 1996 with the Expos. He spent '97 with the Mets, and pitched his final year in the Majors with the Diamondbacks in 1998.
Barry only appeared on 1 Topps set during his career, the 1992 Debut set. His only other 1992 card is his '92 Donruss issue. He only has a few other mainstream issues during his career, a '93 Pinnacle, '93 Score, a '97 Fleer, a '97 Ultra, and a '98 Pacific Online card. It should be noted that he has a cool '98 Tucson Sidewinders team issue card showing him with his 2 kids, one of which is a newborn. Here is a link to the card. This card gives Barry his rookie card, but he is 4 cards (1993, 1997, 1998, and 1999) away from a career Topps run.
I've been working on printing some of my customs out. So far, I've done a few checklists, and a few of a relative who plays in the minors. They've come out pretty well, and I think I'll work on some of my favorite players and then maybe work on printing out the '92 Topps set. Thanks for checking out the latest card.