This summer I read several issues of Baseball Cards, which often included their own custom cards. I'm sure there's a fair amount of these floating around our community, but just in case... I figured I'd share a few of my favorites with you guys.
This is what happens when you combine the 1959 Topps "rookie stars" design with the hottest rookie of 1989. I absolutely love oddballs... but this card is on a level of its own. I love the design. I love that it's The Kid. And I love that it's actually from his rookie year. I'm actually trying to hunt down another copy of this issue, so I can cut it out and add it to the Griffey section in my binders. It's a shame they didn't invest a little more time to match the backs to the originals.
Next up is another 1959 Topps custom... only this time the subject is my favorite player. Did you guys know that Gwynn was drafted by the San Diego Clippers?
Here's a 1969 Topps custom of Mr. Padre. I wonder why Baseball Cards Magazine decided to leave stats off of their customs. Oh well... at least they added cool trivia. I had no idea that Gwynn stole five bases in one game (vs. Houston on 9/20/86).
This is easily my favorite custom out of the bunch. I'm a huge fan of the 1951 Bowman design and the illustration they used of Bo is awesome. This custom is truly a work of art.
Finally I thought I'd share this 1983 Topps custom of Donnie Baseball. I love it when people create cards that never were. Back in 1987, I would have been stoked to add this card to my collection. Mattingly was coming off one of his greatest seasons and was on everyone's hot list. The front looks okay, but I wish they had left off the Topps All-Star Rookie Cup. The back seems totally rushed, but at least BBM included stats this time.
I tip my hat to all of you who create and even print your custom cards. Keep up the excellent work and know that there's at least one collector out there who envies you.
Happy Sunday and sayonara!