I honestly have no explanation (or excuse) for why I created this one. I saw the pic of Guy Fieri, had a new font I wanted to try out, spent 5 minutes in Photoshop, and here it is.
With Tom Brady going to the Buccaneers for next season, a lot of fans have started Photoshopping Gisele’s husband into Bucs uniforms.
The first two card show Tommy Boy in Tampa Bay’s uniform from last season, which he will never actually be wearing. The third card shows Tom wearing the NEW Buccaneer uniform, which is based on a leak from UniWatch.
If I had to pick one Reds player who just plays the game the way it should be played, who loves the game and has fun with it, I’d have to pick Joey Votto (with Amir Garrett a close second). His leadership, humor, and talent make him one of my all-time favorite Reds.
His disappointment over last year’s performance (.261, 15 HR, 47 RBI) was evident, and he put in the extra work this off-season to make sure his 2020 numbers are better. I’m expecting a BIG bounce-back year from Votto.
As for these cards, the first one is a custom design of mine. The second card is a spin on an O-pee-chee hockey design.
I created these 1981 alternate cards for Seaver & Foster but never posted them. Foster was always the nicest guy, but he would crush the souls of opposing pitchers.
Last night I created my own template for the 1965 Topps cards. I absolutely love the Reds’ yellow-and-blue design from ’65, so I made a few classic and modern cards with the template.
UPDATE: One of the members of Facebook’s “Custom Baseball Cards” group asked me to create a card for his “2nd favorite Red,” Eric Davis. I love Eric the Red, too, so here’s that card:
Here’s a new custom design I’ve been working on. It’s still a bit of a work-in-progress, but I’m liking it so far.
This design is the result of playing around with the “Perspective” option in Photoshop to see what I could do with it.
As for the uniforms…one looks like a bad softball uniform and one is a classic.
Not every design works. Sometimes, a design will just come together in a few minutes. And then there are times when I slave over a design for hours, and still never get something I feel is good enough to post (and sometimes I look back on designs I’ve posted and wonder, “What was I thinking?”). Here are a few cards that have never been posted before. They’ve been in my folder for a long time, but I’m not a big fan of ’em, for whatever reason.
If you see any of these that you like, please let me know. I’m always interested in what people think of my designs.
Today the Reds added Pedro Strop & his crooked hat to the bullpen. Not a huge deal, but Strop won’t have to close games in Cincy and could be a decent addition.
Hopefully, we’ll see something closer to the 2018 version of Pedro (6-1, 2.26 ERA) instead of the 2019 version (2-5, 4.97 ERA).
The Reds continued their busy off-season, matching the biggest free-agent contract in team history by agreeing to a four-year, $64 million deal with outfielder Nick Castellanos.
The Castellanos deal matches the deal Cincy gave to Mike Moustakas earlier this off-season.
As a Reds fan, I am SO READY FOR 2020!!! Look at this lineup:
I also love that we have Winker and Senzel on the bench, too.
I found this cool illustration by Sean McCarthy (https://dribbble.com/McCarthytheMagician) on Dribbble, and thought it would make an interesting card.
The Reds have finalized a deal with Shogo Akiyama. The 5-time Nippon League all-star will become the first Japanese-born player to sign with the Reds. He’s projected to start in center for the Reds in 2020.
(It’s also possible that Shogo’s acquisition puts the pieces in place for the Reds to acquire Francisco Lindor from the Indians. We’ll have to wait and see about that, though.)
As a diehard Reds fan, I don’t make too many cards for the Pirates. But I couldn’t resist making cards for these classic photos.
I doubt we’ll ever see a modern-day player in a photo like this one of Dave Parker.
A-Rod ranks pretty high on the list of “Players I Hate the Most.” So this picture of Jason Varitek shoving his glove in A-Rod’s stupid face will always be one of my favorite baseball pictures.
A member of the Facebook Custom Cards group asked for the card below. I think it makes a nice companion piece.
I absolutely love the 1984 Topps football design. Everything about it just…works.
These guy were all part of the 1984 Reds team that won 70 games and finished 5th in the NL West. Only the 66-win Giants kept the team out last place. In 1985, though, the Reds righted the ship and won 89 games.
I’ve made cards for Davis before, but these are my first for Parker and Oester. I like seeing Parker in the red & white uniform instead of those ugly black and yellow ones.
Here are a few more 1972 Topps cards for future and current Reds.
I’m not sure how many of these guys are part of the Reds’ plans for 2020. The Reds tried to land Grandal and Gregorius this off-season, but it remains to be seen which moves the team will actually make. I’m excited to see Moustakas in a Reds uniform, at least.
These 5 custom designs have been gathering dust in my “cards to psot” folder for quite a while. I’m not really thrilled about any of them, but I don’t hate any of them, either. They’re all just kinda…decent, in my opinion.
I think my favorites are the Bench and the VanMeter with the “2020” flag, but I feel like both designs are still missing something.
Made a couple of cards with the Topps 1986 template.
The first card is for Billy Hatcher, who had a 12-year career in the majors. He’s probably best remembered for his role on the 1990 Reds team that won the World series.
The other guy, Michael Jordan, never quite made it to the majors. He played for the Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions in the minors. He retired with a lifetime .202 BA with 3 homers.
Here’s my latest custom design. It’s not too flashy, but I like the simplicity of it. The green color I used comes from an old scoreboard. I used the player icons like the old Topps cards, but I created new, modern-looking versions of them.
Made a couple more cards with my 1973 template – one for “Prime Time” and one for Tony Perez (with a cameo by some dude named Mays 😁).
When I saw this pic of Manny Ramirez, I felt like it was just begging to be on a card.
I love knowing that, even if this card didn’t have Manny’s name on it, most baseball fans would recognize who it is. It would be like making a Curt Schilling card with just his bloody sock on it.