I was recently working out a trade with Matt of Red Cardboard who enticed me with a fat stack of '64 Topps from his aborted setbuild. I procured a sweet Johnny Bench auto for him, but still needed a little something extra to seal the deal. He had mentioned on his blog that he's got a Hall of Fame binder with a card of everyone enshrined, though he had a handful of empty slots of relatively obscure guys from long ago. He was agreeable to the idea of customs to fill the holes in his binder, and so I cranked them out over the course of a couple weekends. (My apologies to Dimebox Dad, whose custom project I put on hold to do these, but I'll finish that one up soon!)
These are mostly old Negro Leaguers and some old owner/manager types elected posthumously by the veterans committee.. guys with few if any real cards readily available out there.
I went with the classic Conlon design. All the photos are black and white, and when I think of b&w baseball cards, Conlon is the first design that pops into my head.
I enjoyed learning about these guys. Many interesting lives featured here. Most of the back write-ups were condensed from their respective Wikipedia pages.
The checklist is Ray Brown, Andy Cooper, Barney Dreyfuss, Bill Foster, Frank Grant, Alex Pompez, Cumberland Posey, Frank Selee, Hilton Smith, Ben Taylor, and J.L. Wilkinson.
Those are the 11 cards in this initial set, though I kinda want to consider this a "living set" like the original Conlon of the early 90s and may add cards to it later. (Open to suggestions for forgotten HOFers with little cardboard presence.)
If anyone is interested in a set, not for sale, but I could be talked into printing additional copies for trading, so check out my wantlist and get in touch. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!