Monday, December 22, 2014

Update Signature Edition to my glowing sketch cards

Here's my latest project getting creative with cards: Glow-in-the-dark sketch autograph cards. This is sort of a little "update" set to the art cards I've made earlier this year (featured here).

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.
The Feller was the first one I made, and I'll probably hang onto that one. The other 3 have been sent out as holiday gifts to lucky friends of the blog. Hopefully the recipients have received them by today.

I've got a few more signed index cards waiting to be transformed into auto sketch cards in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.


  1. Amateur? Whatever. You do really nice work! You nailed the leg kick on Feller! Well done!

  2. Let me know when you will stop doing amazing crap so I can stop reading your blog. :)

    Nice work as usual.

  3. Those are really great. I remember watching Bob Foster be sing on Wide Workd of Sports on Saturday afternoons

  4. Those are wonderful. Great idea, and excellent execution.

  5. Those are pretty cool and extremely unique, much better than a basic signed index card.

  6. What a great idea. A thought - is it possible to get the autograph sticker off of sticker-auto cards? Imagine what you might do with those...