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Takin’ out the trash

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.

1979 Topps

Here are a couple of alternate versions of 1979 Topps cards for Reds Ray Knight and Doug Bair. This is my second card for Knight, but the first one that shows him in a Reds uniform (the other Knight card was part of the 1986 Game Six set I made for the Mets).

I also made a retro card for A’s draft pick Kyler Murray, who is now the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. Murray passed on a promising baseball career to pursue a promising football career. I’ll always wonder how good Kyler would have been as a pro infielder.

Would you rather get beaned by a Gerrit Cole fastball, or get sacked by J.J. Watt?

The Bad Guys Won

After I finish reading Joe Posnanski’s “The Machine” (about the 1975 Reds), I’m planning to dive into Jeff Pearlman’s “The Bad Guys Won” (about the 1986 Mets).

I was rooting hard for the Mets that year, and the end of game 6 was one of the most incredible, ridiculous, amazing endings to a baseball game that I’ve ever seen .

I’ve been trying to make a design that incorporates a scorecard somehow, but none of them have worked out. I got the idea for this card last night, though, and worked on the design as I watched the Nationals win the second game of the Series.