What I do is pick up boring, inexpensive signed index cards of interesting guys. Then I "repurpose" the autographed note cards into standard baseball card sized sketch cards. At first I thought about making them "cut auto" style, but then I was like, screw it, just draw right on the index card. This method keeps the autograph "on card" but the downside is if you screw up the sketch, you kinda ruined the autograph. But these index cards just set me back an average of a couple bucks each, so it wasn't a huge risk or anything. These guys are/were very prolific signers (well, maybe Jay Bell less so, but definitely the other three), which is a big reason the auto index cards were so cheap. So no one should feel bad about me "ruining" a perfectly good signed index card with my amateur doodling.
Instead of filling the back with my sloppy handwriting, I've typed up and printed out backs with a short write-up on the guy, as well as an explanation of the card's origin and something of a COA statement. I subtly snuck in the source image I used for each sketch in the background. They're printed on stickers that I then slap on the back of the sketch. I need to be better at placing them straight and centered, as well as giving the ink plenty of time to dry (smudges easily for a few hours).
Of course I've also got to kick up my art cards by making them glow in the dark and sparkle in the light.
|The glowing silhouettes look better in person.|
I've got a few more signed index cards waiting to be transformed into auto sketch cards in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.