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 almost titled this post “Let’s Do the Text Warp Again,” but I resisted the urge.
This design has a weird history. You see, I download a lot of other cards & images for inspiration. I just stick them all in this big folder on my hard drive. A few days ago, while looking through that folder, I stumbled across a design I didn’t remember seeing before. I had no idea where I found it, but I liked it.
So I decided to try my own version of that design, mainly because it was a good way to practice using Photoshop’s Warp tool. Here’s the version I ended up with:
I still wanted to know where that design came from, so I did some digging. Turns out it was a custom card created by the Rockies organization. It was one of several custom cards they posted on Twitter earlier this year.
UPDATE: A member of Facebook’s Custom Baseball Cards group pointed out that the design is fairly close to the 1976-77 Topps Hockey design:
1975 and 1976 were the peak years of the Big Red Machine, and resulted in back-to-back World Series titles. These cards are tributes to 4 of the players on that classic Reds lineup – Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Rawly Eastwick & Joe Morgan.
This custom design features small photos of the actual 1975 & 1976 championship rings given to the players. The small figures for the players’ positions are tributes to the 1976 Topps design, which featured similar icons.
Lately I’ve been working on my own custom designs instead of using old templates from real cards.
I’m not totally thrilled with any of these designs, but it’s been good practice. I’ve got a lot of ideas that I want to try, so I’m sure I’ll be posting more custom cards in the future.
If you have any feedback on these designs – positive or negative – I’d love to hear it. You could even go down in history as the very first person to leave a comment on this new blog. (Note to self: gotta work on site promotion sometime.)