My Custom Sports Card Creations

unkilldoo

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I haven't been on in a while either, (Made just one comment about a while back. On NASCAR of all things. I don't have a problem with it, I just don't follow it. Have been to a few races at Charlotte Motor Speedway though). Life does sometimes have a way, of getting in the way.:)

That being said, the card looks great. It would have been really sweet to see them beat New England this past weekend, but the football gods didn't see it that way. I guess they were too busy with the Vikings game. What an ending!:nailbiting:
 

CamaroDMD

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I haven't been on in a while either, (Made just one comment about a while back. On NASCAR of all things. I don't have a problem with it, I just don't follow it. Have been to a few races at Charlotte Motor Speedway though). Life does sometimes have a way, of getting in the way.:)

That being said, the card looks great. It would have been really sweet to see them beat New England this past weekend, but the football gods didn't see it that way. I guess they were too busy with the Vikings game. What an ending!:nailbiting:
I was hoping they would too. But, it just didn't work out that way. But, making the playoffs is a step in the right direction. I also think a coaching change is going to help. Mularkey seemed unwilling to scheme around Mariota's strengths.
 

unkilldoo

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Looking good as usual! I noticed that you added your logo to the front of the Alex Smith card. Unless I missed one earlier, I believe this is the first time, isn't it? I also love the traded notation on the front, and the new team emblem(Redskins) on the back
 

CamaroDMD

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Looking good as usual! I noticed that you added your logo to the front of the Alex Smith card. Unless I missed one earlier, I believe this is the first time, isn't it? I also love the traded notation on the front, and the new team emblem(Redskins) on the back
Thanks!

I have put my logo on the front of a handful of cards but not that many. A lot of the cards I do replicate vintage Topps cards and they tend not to have any logos on the front...so to keep in line with their simplistic designs I prefer not to. On newer design cards (where they had some kind of visible logo branding on the front) I do sometimes. If I can do it tastefully, I will add it.

As a few examples from the last couple pages:
#90 2008 UD Rickey Henderson has my logo on the front in silver in place of the normal UD logo. (This is the first card with it on the front, #86 is the first card I ever put it on at all).

#93, 101, 105, 108 are all 1989 Topps designs and have it on the front in white in place of the white Topps logo.

#99 1979 Topps Rickey Henderson has it on the front in black in place of the black Topps logo inside the baseball.

#108 and the K-Mart cards are somewhat unique as they have it on the front in their original full color. The logo itself is a "ripoff" of my dental office's logo. The blue tree with the moon behind it is the logo for my office. I simply applied my signature over it in yellow.

I have gone to great lengths to try and make the logoing as minimally intrusive as I can. With the 1993 Fleer card, it is done in blue, white and red just like the original Fleer logo that was on this card.

As for the design itself, I have always really liked this card. When I was a kid, I really wanted the Joe Montana from the 1993 Fleer set because I thought it was really neat that it noted the trade on the front. Unfortunately, my LCS never seemed to get one and this was back in the days before the internet was what it is today. You could sometimes find photos of the cards, but you could not always find them. I wouldn't actually get one until years later.

As the year started coming to a close and it became more and more apparent that Smith would be traded, I thought this would be the perfect design. I almost started it before the move happened but never got around to it. It was actually done this last weekend (front on Saturday and back on Sunday).

One oddity I find with this card is the team names. I honestly thought you might point it out to me because you look at them with such detail...I was sorta waiting to see if you'd notice it. On the front in the silver oval it says "Traded to Redskins" and on the back it has the Redskins logo. But, on the front...bottom right it says "Chiefs QB." I'm not sure why, but that's how they did them originally...so I kept it. Part of me wonders if the they already had the design ready for print and they just added the oval at the last second. But, if that's the case why did they change the logo on the back?

To me, it seems odd. But, that's how the originals were so that's how I did it.
 

CamaroDMD

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Here's a fun one.

As we all know Pro Set was well known for errors, varieties and SPs. I thought it would be fun to do one of my own...just like Pro Set would have done.

In 1989, Pro Set issued card #47A as William Perry. He was not an member of the NFLPA so they requested that Pro Set stop distributing the card. Perry was replaced with #47B Ron Morris and the Perry card became a highly collected SP at the time.

In Pro Set fashion, I decided to do the same thing with a recent current event. I created a card that they probably would have made (but jumped the gun)...and then pulled making it an SP. I also created it's replacement.

So...here we are:

#111A 1990 Pro Set Josh McDaniels


#111B 1990 Pro Set Frank Reich
 

unkilldoo

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Love it! One of my favorite sets. Not just for it's simple clean design, but also for the amount of errors it contains. The possibilities are endless! A little irony here, whether it is intentional, or truly an error, only you know. The corrected version contains an error(typo) in the bio. "Last season, he helped Philadelphia win its first Super Bowl title with a backup QB at the help." Instead of "helm". Intentional or not, it fits perfect!
 

CamaroDMD

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Love it! One of my favorite sets. Not just for it's simple clean design, but also for the amount of errors it contains. The possibilities are endless! A little irony here, whether it is intentional, or truly an error, only you know. The corrected version contains an error(typo) in the bio. "Last season, he helped Philadelphia win its first Super Bowl title with a backup QB at the help." Instead of "helm". Intentional or not, it fits perfect!
So...I came up with this idea after McDaniels backed out of the job. So, that is intentional. The typo on the Reich card is not. However...for authenticity sake, I'm not going to correct it. :D
 

CamaroDMD

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OK, here are a few more I have finished up.

Recently, I received an email from a friend on another message board asking if I would be willing to do a custom for him. He collects MLB ticket stubs and had recently picked up one from the 1956 season. The interesting thing about this particular game is was the debut of a ballplayer named Bobby Balcena. Balcena, he described as "having a cup of coffee with Cincinnati," was a career minor leaguer who became the first Filipino player to play in the major leagues that day. Ultimately, he never broke through to the big leagues again and never had a card. So, I was asked to make a 1957 Topps card in his honor. Here it is:

#112 1957 Topps Bobby Balcena


Up next are a pair of cards that I started back in September...got about half done and stopped working on them. I tend to jump around from each of my hobbies and "overdue it" for a bit and then get burnt out...and then jump to a different one. Customs is no different...so at that time I was starting to get burnt out and everything came to a stop with these half done.

This first one was a request from a member here. The card had to do with the national anthem protests and frankly I was a little hesitant to do it. I have made it a point to ignore the whole protest and focus on the game and really have tried to not make a public stance on the issue.

But, I have a hard time saying no...and it sounded like an interesting challenge. So, once I got the customs rolling again it was the first one I finished. So here it is:

#113 2003 Upper Deck 40-Man Alejandro Villaneuva


Here is the last one for now and again it was started in September and left unfinished. The subject of this card was one of my favorite players as a kid. I grew up in a house that rooted for the Bears and he was drafted when I was 10 to be the savior of the franchise. Well, due to on the field struggles and off the field problems it didn't work out that way. But, he was the first person I ever sent an autograph request to and he was kind enough to respond to it. So, he will always be a special player to me.

Sadly, he would succumb to personal demons a little over a year ago. At the suggestion of a member here...I decided to make a Tribute Card to him. The card is loosely based on the 1989 Topps Record Breaker subset.

#114 1989 Topps Rashaan Salaam Tribute
 

CamaroDMD

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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Here are a few more than I have finished recently.

This first one was done by request. The card depicts a friend of a member here who played baseball while serving with the military and received a tryout with the Pirates. It is done in the style of 1989 Donruss.

#115 1989 Donruss Joseph Stuby


Up next is a fun one I did of the new QB of the 49ers. I have always loved the 1992 Skybox Impact design and this is the second custom I have done in that theme.

#116 1992 Skybox Impact Jimmy Garoppolo


One more. As many of you know, my favorite current player is Marcus Mariota. I have been wanting to do more designs featuring him so I have done another. This one in the design of the classic 1955 Topps All American set. Originally, this set was not done in standard size but I formatted this one to be made as normal 3.5x2.5 standard sized cards. That took a little bit of tinkering but I think it turned out nice

#117 1955 Topps All American Marcus Mariota

 
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CamaroDMD

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OK...here are a few more. A couple of these have been in the works for a while and others are brand new. But, this gets me all up to date posting everything I have done up to this point.

1987 K-Mart Braves #3 Warren Spahn


1989 Topps 40000 Yard Club #19 Matt Ryan


#118 1989 Topps 2001 Ducks


#119 1985 Topps 2002 Fiesta Bowl


This last one is a little fun. I did a card for Oregon QB Justin Herbert based on 1969 Topps for this last season. Here is one for his backup who filled in for a few games.

#120 1969 Topps Braxton Burmeister
 
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