Fun Customs with some Jeter Signatures & a Replica Jersey

I'm not gonna lie, 2018 has been hard so far. On Christmas Eve, my dad was rushed to the hospital and literally JUST got out a little over a week ago. Through physical therapy, he is getting stronger, but it was a rough several weeks to start of 2018 for both him and my mom.  I will definitely say this cup is half full though, as it could have been much worse!  We are thankful he is back at home, finally. Unfortunately, things didn't go that way for our dog Dewey.  In the midst of a very tumultuous season in

When a Memory Becomes a Card

A few days ago, I posted the question to "Describe your dream card that doesn't exist" in various places on the Internet.  I received hundreds of responses - here are a few of them: A sweet spot auto card of Nolan Ryan on a game used baseball from one of his no-hitters Roger Clemens / Mike Piazza dual card with a bat piece 1954 Topps Mickey Mantle Some of the responses were ... interesting.  For instance, this one by dbackschamp2001: I cannot say if this is crazy or brilliant, but I do hope dbackschamp2001 gets the help he clearly needs. To use all these pieces

2017: My Year in Review of Customs, Collection Additions & Events

As 2017 winds down, I wanted to do a review on my collection, customs created and events having to do with this hobby to document the entire year.  2017 was huge for my collection - over 600 cards have been added, over 45 articles have been written and several of my favorite customs have been created.  When all is said and done, I am left with the following list of notable pickups, events & customs.  I have swung and missed on a number of opportunities, but you miss 100% of the pitches you don't swing at, right?  This article isn't about

Thanks 4 the Cheese & Mac!

About a month ago, you may recall I wrote an article about the Kraft Home Plate Heroes cards that were on the back of Cheese & Macaroni boxes in 1987. Forum users AndretheNick sent me another interesting one. This was likely part of a completely separate run, perhaps a proof of some sort, as the regulars did not have so much white at the top. Thanks Andre! I had been kicking this around, and thought a few customs were in order as well: The cheese relic card, in all of its neon orange glory Noodles AND DUAL CHEESE & MAC

Homer at the Bat: The Untold Story of the Simpsons

Hi, I'm Troy McClure!  You may recognize me from films as "Dial 'M' for Mommy" and "The Monkey Bachelor, Season 5". Everyone has seen the episode "Homer at the Bat", where all kinds of baseball superstars made guest appearances.  But did you know one main superstar did NOT make the cut? Everyone is familiar with this picture. The REAL original picture was supposed to include Mouschi Baconstache.  That's right, Simpsons lovers!  Mike Scioscia was a fill-in for Mouschi. As the biggest star in baseball during the early 90s, (and Bart's favorite player) Mouschi had to be included.  The episode was to

I made a GIF of Jose Canseco Swinging from my Baseball Cards

"Do you pronounce it GIF or JIF?" Out of all of the questions I post on facebook for debate, that one was quite possible the most hotly contested.  On one side, you have the folks pronouncing it with a hard G, and the others with a soft G (or...J).  The hard G's mock their adversaries by using lines from a pretty hilarious parody video of someone debating this while asking if they received a jift for the birthday jirl, etc.  Whereas the soft G's point out that the creator of the animated gif said it should be pronounced JIF. No matter which

A Canadian Thief, the NSCC & Tons of Customs

The National has come and gone, and with it, many projects have seen their completion!  Before I get into the NSCC and what happened, I figured I'd show off a few fun customs that don't have anything to do with anything else.  (Well, okay - the needle card actually was a partial trade deal for someone to get Jose to sign something for me.) Remember Deflate-Gate?  Someone online wanted me to create something fun for his buddy, so here it is:  A Bill Belichick cut auto with an inflation needle! I was completely done with this, and ... well...the needle wouldn't

Nothing but the Tooth

The Yankee Chipper, and that's the tooth! Puns have run amok since Aaron Judge broke his tooth while celebrating a Brett Gardner walk-off home run the other night, so I couldn't resist. Can you blame me?  :)

Happy Allen & Ginter Day!

In honor of A&G being released today, I thought I'd have some photoshop fun.  Here is what the real boxes/packs look like: And here is what they look like after I had some photoshop fun w/them :) Happy A&G Day!  #bringmeyourcanseco

HOW TO: Enhance a National Treasures Bash Brothers Booklet – With Pictures

I'm going to keep my writing to a minimum, and try to tell the story mostly with pics. In 2015, Panini came out with the first BASH BROTHERS booklet card.  It came in two flavors:  Autographed and Patch.  They were numbered to just 5 each. The Autographed booklet Pros: First and currently only "real" autographed booklet of the brothers in bash. Cons:  Drab looking, it says "combo materials" instead of "combo signatures", the McGwire autograph is UPSIDE DOWN  (NOTE: To the others who have this card, please do not think I'm putting this card down - I really want one!) The