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1975 Topps Customs

The 1975 Topps set went kinda crazy with the color combinations. I made my own template for this set, and it was fun playing with the different color/photo combinations.

All of these cards use the color combinations Topps actually used in ’75. I’m working on another post that will feature some of these cards with color combinations I created myself.

Custom Reds Set

This design is based on the wonderful “Brothers” typeface. Brothers was designed by John Downer and released through Emigre in 1999. You can read more about Brothers at the Font Review Journal (which is a fantastic resource for font enthusiasts).

This is a really simple design, but I kinda love the look of the Bench card in this set.

Fred & Jack

In 1973, Fred Norman was 1-7 with the Padres in 1973. The Reds saw something they liked, though, and traded with the Padres to get him. Norman went on to pitch for the Reds through seven seasons and helped them win two World Series titles.

Jack Billingham came to the Reds in the same deal that brought Joe Morgan, Cesar Geronimo, and Ed Armbrister to Cincy. He then became one of the most effective pitchers in World Series history. In seven games (including three starts), he went 2–0 with a 0.36 ERA,

This design was actually used for the 1982 Topps football cards, but I wanted to see how it would look for baseball. To be honest, I like these much more than the Topps baseball designs from ’82.

Big Red Machine Customs

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.

A little retro

These two legendary Reds were both playing in the first major league game I ever attended. Unfortunately, Seaver was pitching for the Mets that day, and the Reds lost. The Reds went on to win the World Series, though, so it all worked out.

Morgan has always been one of my favorite players from those Big Red Machine days. He was an on-base monster – for a guy whose average was .271, his OBP was .392. That’s a LOT of walks.

These cards are a bit different from anything else I’ve designed. I’m trying to push myself in different directions and do a wider variety of designs. I don’t really like the font used for the last names, but it seems to work in this design. I might keep trying some different ones, though.