Saturday, February 20, 2016

Weekend Customs

I had been in a bit of a lull when it came to putting together new custom designs.  Not that I don't already have plenty as it is.  But it's always a bit of fun for me to deconstruct some of my favorite designs from years past.  And these certainly presented a fun and exciting challenge.

I have fond memories of busting a few packs of 1999 Donruss football with my dad chasing Ricky Williams rookies.  I don't think I landed anything of note out of the 3 or 4 packs.  But I do recall another ripper in the shop pulling a Terry Bradshaw Gridiron Kings card, which seemed like a huuuuuuuuge pull at the time.

I snagged a copy of the card for myself a couple years ago on COMC.  I think I paid less than $1.

This design was fun to play around with, though it took a little work to get the layering down just right.

 And of course nothing beats a classic.  The '87 Topps design is still hands down one of my favorite designs of all time.  And I have one more step towards having a Jack Wilson card in every Topps design.  Who needs Archives?  Better yet, I managed to find a picture of Jack wearing the famed McDonalds vests that the club would rather you forget about.  Interestingly, there are no cards featuring the Bucs wearing these jerseys despite wearing them for two seasons.
And another headache of lines galore, the Woner Years inserts were among my favorite as a kid.  I may play around with some more trippy color combinations.  The "watermelon" look of the base inserts never really did it for me.


  1. I like the Donruss card. Do you know if they ever use that design for baseball? If my memory serves me correctly, I believe 1998 was their last set and then they came back in 2001 and issued some cards using designs they would've used in 1999 and 2000 and I believe the design you used for the Cole card might have been one of them or perhaps for an insert set that year.

    1. Yep, you're spot on. 1998 was the last year for Donruss under the Pinnacle umbrella. The company filed for bankruptcy, and was bought up by Playoff (which also ended up with Score and Leaf brands). Playoff got a baseball license in 2001, and brought back the Donruss name in baseball.

      2001 Donruss (which is hands down one of my favorite products of all-time) had an outer pack and an inner pack. The outer pack had the 2001 cards, and then the inner pack had one card from 1999 and 2000 retro sets. I believe the 1999 versions were in hobby packs, and the 2000's in retail...but I could be mixing that up.

      The retro sets were essentially full sets in and of themselves - all the stars, serial numbered rookies, Stat Line parallels for each card, and a couple of retro Diamond Kings inserts for each set. It made for a really fun break, and packs were only $1.99.

  2. Great work, as usual! I had completely forgotten about those God-awful Pirates jerseys.

    1. I may hypothetically own a couple of the jerseys. It was one of those things that was so hideous I started liking it. But I have always been a big fan of the inclusion of red in the Pirates color scheme. Maybe just not thaaaat much red.