Two of my biggest passions are teaching and collecting baseball cards. Each year I integrate these two things by having my students research civil rights leaders and create trading cards for them.
If you enjoyed the Topps Project 2020 and Topps Project 70 cards... then you might enjoy these custom cards. I've also included the card that inspired my students' designs...
#1: Cesar Chavez
#2: Bayard Rustin
1994 Finest #258
#3: Mahatma Gandhi
2007 Topps #313
#4: Malcolm Little
2008 Topps #399
#5: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
1994 Leaf Limited Rookie #54
#6: Cesar Chavez #2
2004 UD Power Up! #96
#7: Jo Ann Robinson
2014 Topps #305
#8: Susan B. Anthony
2007 Fleer #58
#9: Marsha P. Johnson
1989 Fleer #374
So Topps, what do you think? Any of these artists have the skills to work for you?
If not, check out these customs...
#1: Tombo Kopoli from Kiki's Delivery Service
#2: Dola from Castle in the Sky
#3: Nausicaa from Nasicaa of the Valley of the Wind
#4: Porco Rosso from Porco Rosso
These four customs were designed and printed by Nick over at N J V W. The four tobacco sized cards are based on the 1936 Carrera Famous Airmen & Airwomen set. If you are familiar with Hayao Miyazaki's films, then you probably recognize these characters.
Last November, I commented on Nick's post that I'm a big fan of Miyazaki's films, so I was pretty stoked to see these arrive in my mailbox. The problem was deciding which collection to put them into. Normally, I have a special section reserved for blogger customs in my Sports Card Smorgasbord binder. However I ended up sliding these four into my Japanese Non-Sports binder instead.
Thank you Nick! I'm a huge fan of your custom cards. Keep up the excellent work!
And for all of the collectors interested in baseball cards... I didn't forget about you. When the students turned in the trading cards, one of them turned in this Ryan Zimmerman rookie card:
This card is the latest addition to my Damaged Card PC. If you look closely there are two staple holes near his left shoulder on the right side of the card. Usually I'm not the one who damages the cards. I only collect them. However in this particular scenario... I'm the guy who stapled this card to my classroom wall. I display all of the custom cards next to the original cards.
Well that wraps up another post. Happy Cesar Chavez Day and sayonara!