Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mailday - You aren't gonna BELIEVE this one!

As many of you know, I started my Flip Quest for my 89 UD Puig.

The first offer I had was from a dealer friend of mine. I turned down the deal, but went ahead and sent him a Puig anyway, just for the heck of it. Well, yesterday, he went ahead and sent me a little "mystery" package to deal for the Puig.

I looooooove mystery packages.

 To make things better, he sent me a pic of this package just before he sent it out, like I did to him.   


Do you see how many stamps are on this puppy??? This ought to be good! 

As I was humming along at my work desk today, I hear the postal worker's vehicle start and stop its way closer and closer. 

Could it be? Is it possible? A minute passed from the time I heard him to the time I went out to the mail box to see. 

YES!!!! Wait, ... NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!


The side had been slit, and the cards had been taken.  

And there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

 At least, the thief left the note that he sent along. 

 I sadly reported this to my dealer friend, and while grimacing asked: "What was in the package?" 

"A fleer Griffey, Donruss Gwynn, and one other I think) and about 5 older (but nice cards) like Brett, reggie jackson, Johnny bench, a 2nd year Ripken (i think) and a hank aaron (4th year--but a dinged corner)--along with the 89 UD Nolan Ryan." 

So, to whatever postal worker turd did this ... SHAME ON YOU. 

As Topps has their commemorative patch cards, I figured it is high time to create a commemorative card myself. 

Behold: The invisifractor -



A true beauty, and quite possibly every one of you reading this can relate, and deserve one of these in your collection. Not just those of us who have been ripped off by postal workers, but those of us who have been scammed by other collectors, and those who have gotten the raw end of the stick with redemptions, missing/damaged box hits, etc. 

So you see, this puppy is up for trade as well, if anyone would like it. This will definitely go toward my Flip Quest if anyone has any interest. Plus, you know you and your collection deserve one!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Flip Quest for Puig

I went out to the mail box this afternoon, and pulled out two packages.  First:

I traded a regular Puig for this:
2013 Topps Chrome Cespedes SP

This deal was with @jumbogorilla - he also sent these along for free.  THANKS!

Deal #2 was for a reverse negative version of the Puig.  I got these:

A gorgeous Gattis auto and a SICK patch/jsy/auto of Medlen:

Let's keep the deals comin'!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A few Customs and a Trash Bag full of Scrap

Ladies and gentlemen, this is currently what you see in my office, just next to my desk:

I can hear you thinking "Hmmmm, I wonder how many complete custom sets he has made from all this."

Nope.  Just nope.  I swear, if I were an ice carver, you could give me a metric ton of ice, and I'd be lucky if I could carve out a thimble.  Yeah, I'm the one who, in elementary school was cutting something out with scissors, kept getting one side crooked, and compensated by doing the other side ... only to make that side crooked, etc.  In the end, I'd have a nice pile of confetti.

Yup, that's me.

I better not mislead you here though - this isn't *ALL* from the three cards I'm about to show off here.  It is over the past week or two of doing tests, doing other base customs, etc.

I've been doing a lot of base cards recently, and have just been absolutely thrilled with them.  I decided to up the ante though, and do some more challenging cards.  Please keep in mind the elementary story I told you about above, when thinking about the trash bag full of scrap, ok?

One of my favorite recent inserts is from Topps - the Cut to the Chase die-cut refractor.  Again, as with every card I lay my eyes on:  "why couldn't they have made one of Canseco?  That would have been sweet!"

In case you don't know what I'm talking about off hand, here is what one looks like:

Insanely sweet, yes?  I love how it is cut, love the colors, love the refractor...y....ness.  I just love it all.  I clearly had my work cut out for me.  One thing I didn't like was all the yellow in the factory A's type cards in this set, so I amped up mine a bit.   I think it came out pretty dang good!

I did a few things differently - I didn't use as much yellow, I replaced "Topps" with "A's", put some subtle stars in a few places, and bowed out Jose's name.  You can't see it, but it is a refractor as well.

Next up, I had an idea of doing some 90's inserts.  Why?  Because it seems like everyone loves rare 90's inserts, and I have been bitten by the bug as well.  

So, last night, I had on the A's game streaming online via audio (CURSE YOU MLB TV BLACKOUTS!!!).  As the A's were pounding away on the Astros (my son said he'd hate to see them play each other because he wouldn't know who to root for!) I decided to fire up photoshop.  It is quite strange when you are working with photoshop pieces that are bigger than you on the projector, while lounging on the couch.  

That sounds soooo leisurely, doesn't it?  Oh yes, I was just lounging on the couch, playing with photoshop on my project, while taking in a baseball game.  


What you don't know about is me doing this for 6 hours ... halfway through, my wife rolling her eyes at me while mumbling something about me liking baseball cards a little *too* much (as if that were possible) and going upstairs to bed.  

So like a mad scientist fueled by caffeine, I kept at it.  When I liked the results, I emailed them to myself, ran upstairs and went into production mode.  This was grueling, but apparently I'm a glutton for punishment.  

At about 2:30 or so last night, it was born:

It's aliiiiive!!!! BWAHAHAHAAH!!!!!!!  This is inspired by an uber-rare basketball insert "Big men on Court."  I rebuilt the whole thing like always.  I changed it up to "Big Men on the Field", played with the colors, texturing and used a pretty slick 3d type material.  You can't see it too well in the picture, but it came out pretty dang cool.  

EDIT:  I did a "base" die cut version of this because I wanted the colors of the artwork to "pop" more.  I am in love with it:  

This morning, I woke up and didn't want the party to end, so I whipped up another one.  This is a bit more of a "quickie" as it definitely needs more love to be perfected, but I like it too.

It is a Jambalaya - which is a 3d type die-cut basketball insert which I love as well.  

Again, a few things are different, namely the naming and logo that are see through for the 3d to pop out, as well as the gold holographic ring around the card.  

EDIT:  I tried a version with a black ring around it: 

I find that no matter what I do, whenever I'm done, I'm always like ... meh...these could be so much better.  I wish I could just be happy with them...and I am, to an extent.  Either way, I'm glad to have been able to experiment with different materials and techniques to come up with some cool stuff to show for it in my personal collection.  These are my first die-cuts, so hopefully they will only get better from here on out!

By the way, Happy Easter everyone ... HE IS RISEN!  :)  

Friday, April 18, 2014


Yesterday was busy.  Very busy.  On top of it all, we got ready for my son's friend to come over for a sleepover.  I call him Ci-Ci's because, my wife is a health nut and is okay with going to Ci-Ci's pizza whenever his friend comes over.  My, how I love me some Ci-Ci's Pizza!

If you do not go any further in this posting, allow me to impart some life altering knowledge to you:  The next time you are at your nearest cardboard pizza buffet, ask them to make you cheesy bread.  NOT the stuff they already have on the buffet line.  "CHEESY BREAD".  

I have never tried crack before, but I'd imagine it probably gives you a similar feeling.  Yeah, it is that good.  The pizza they have there ... meh.  The cheesy bread = WINNING.  Here, they don't make it unless you ask them.  So go...run like the wind, and get some!  (after you read and reply to my posting, that is.)  I think they used it in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.  I believe they called it Turkish Delight.  

ANYWAY ... back to my EPIC MAIL DAY!!!

My son and I walked out to the mailbox, and saw this ....

My hands are trembling at this point.  Could it be????

PAUSE...WAIT.  STOP riiiight there.  let me explain something first.  

Remember this?  My 25 cent garage sale special hat that was (little league) game used?

 Remember that I used that hat to make this?

And this ?

Well, I've been itching to find a way to get my hands on real game used stuff.  You know ... Canseco GOLD.  

Well, here it is.


Canseco game used and autographed swag ... cut up!

Even some bat "donor" cards ... oh, and don't forget a piece of game used Canseco hat band ... sweat stain and all (yeahhhh!!!)

So, how do I explain to my son that it is never okay to scream like a little girl when you have just done so?  

So anyway, that made my day.  All this was sent my way, by the one and only RAZOR Z.  He is the dude that has the Jose Canseco "Perfection Collection" at www.CansecoKing.com and has been featured in Beckett.  You all really should check out his stuff ... it is amazing.  No, amazing isn't even the word.  He could literally fill a museum of Canseco stuff.  

With all this newly acquired Canseco swag, I'm going to have a blast making some authentic game used relic/patch cards for my own personal collection.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Roberto Clemente

One of my next projects might be a nice run of Roberto Clemente cards.  As you know, Clemente passed away quite a while ago.  You also probably know that he was one heck of a baseball player.

Did you know though, that he hit number 3,000 for his career in the last regular game he ever played?  Yup, he had exactly 3,000 hits.  I think that is just so amazing.  It kind of makes me bummed out thinking about Gehrig, and how he was only 7 shy of 500 homers.  Clemente getting 3,000 smack dab on the button?  Awesome!

It is late, so without further ado .... 1978 and 1980 Topps Roberto Clemente.  Oh, if these cards truly existed ... well, I mean, before tonight :)

Note the facsimile autograph on the '80 Topps just like the rest of the set had.

I custom did texturing on the backs like I do all my vintage customs, to give them that old timey look.

Some of the vintage backs of Topps cards have comics on the back.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Season Long Flip Quest, starting with an 89 UD Yasiel Puig Rookie?!? - Join in!

So, last year about this time, I did a flip to go from a 1989 Fleer baseball card set all the way up to a 1999 Topps Traded Josh Hamilton rookie autograph. It took 5 weeks! You do read ALL my threads, right? Well, if not, here is a refresher: My Quest for 1999 Topps Traded Josh Hamilton Auto -

Cliff's notes: It was a blast, and it took about 5 weeks. Plus, I got some cool extras!

I remember having so much fun with it, but I've been busy with making custom cards. Plus, I don't really want to spend all this time buying/selling/trading to get something insane for my PC. I don't ever keep anything that is worth hundreds of dollars in my PC.

On top of that, I've been uninspired as to what to start with. A red paper clip? Been done. Fleer set? Yeah, last year.

I GOT IT!!!! What about a BOX full of stars/rookies/inserts? That'd be cool!

Ehhh, no it wouldn't.

So then, a light bulb went on ....What if I started with a custom? People seem to like them, and I've been itching to do this:

a 1989 Upper Deck Star Rookie of Yasiel Puig!  This can come in three flavors:


Reverse Negative

and Certified Autograph Prototype:

It just looks like he was supposed to be in the set. So, there it is. There is my starting point! The back of the card looks just like an '89 UD rookie ...

The twist is that I will make one with your own custom writing. We can say something about you, your kid, etc.

So the end result? Well, I don't have one. I've already accomplished going from a $5-10 set to a $250 card. Instead, I want to see how much and how big I can get by the end of the regular season. I think this can be mega fun.

I'm gonna set my sights high, and see if I can end up getting a house or yacht or something, when all is said and done. Or maybe at least a nice small collection of PC stuff. I'll record every transaction right here.

I'm gonna set my sights high, and see if I can end up getting a house or yacht or something, when all is said and done. Or maybe at least a nice small collection of PC stuff. I'll record every transaction right here.

- I will trade off as many of the Puig (or variations) to see what I can get off of them
- I will also trade/sell off whatever I get for them.
- The game is over at the end of the A's season. If they don't hit the post season, the last day is it. If they make it to game 7 of the world series, then that marks the end of the flip quest.
- If they are bolded in the list below, that means I still have them and they are available - so make an offer ... will also check buckets!

So, who wants a this little Puiggie? :)  Shoot me a trade offer!

I'll be clear here - I'm looking to trade this. To make sure the lines aren't blurred at all here, I'll say that I am NOT offering up the exact card you see in the picture above; it will be a custom one that is very similar and have custom wording to meet your personal collection interests.  :)

If you see any cards listed below with the latest date, they are up for trade/sale - let me know if interested!

Card/Cash Deals
Regular for a 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold rookie refractor Yoenis Cespedes #/50

Regular for a 2013 Topps Chrome Yoenis Cespedes (and other A's freebie cards like rc's & rc refractor rookies of Doolittle, Reddick & a Rickey Henderson card, etc.) - THANKS @jumbogorilla !!!!
RevNeg for a Museum Auto/Jsy/Patch of Medlen (GORGEOUS CARD!!!) + Tribute Gattis auto

-$1.93 (shipping)
-$1.00 (shipping)
-$2.93 total

Hyun-Jin Ryu and Juan Lagares and Jonny Venters, oh my!

As *always* ... and I mean that, folks ... *always* ... these took longer than anticipated, and left a huge pile of material waste in their creative wake, but I think it was worth it.  Just thought I'd snap a few pics of the latest creations:

Jonny Venters - Five Star and Donruss rated rookie with a twist ...

A nice superfractor of Juan Lagares

Base, cracked ice and super of Hyun-Jin Ryu

That is all for the moment.  I've been sinking in WAY too much time on customs.  It is time to get back to work ... working on Jose Canseco customs!  Seriously though, I'm in the middle of creating a more difficult card for my pc.  Once that is finished, I'll show it :)  I'm kind of pumped about it!