Now, I don't think this truly counts as a custom, because this image is an actual Time magazine cover from 1971 that I just printed out card-sized. So credit to the original artist, the late Bob Peak. I edited it a little bit, as it's originally black on the left, but I lightened it to grey so as to be a better destination for a signature. I think it looks pretty damn good!
And apparently Mr. Blue himself was taken with it too, writing me a note on my note, asking if I'd send him a few more copies!
Very cool! I'll happily print off a few more of these to send him as a gift.
Vida Blue was a top-tier guy I collected for a while. His 1971 and 1974 Topps cards need to be on any "best cards of the 70s" list. I bought his 1970 Topps RC from the LCS when I was a kid and it was one of my most-prized cards. While I have 2 or 3 certified autos of him already, this is my first TTM from him and I'm very happy with it!
Vida Blue is known as a dependable TTM signer, BUT with the caveat that he charges a fee of $5 for each item. I was totally cool with cutting him a $5 check in order to ensure this success. That's much more desirable to me than receiving a free "sec" (Carrie Fisher), or paying an outrageous $50 per item fee (Whitey Ford), or the uncertainty of not getting a successful return. Five bucks seems totally fair.
Thank you, Mr. Blue!
Yesterday was a banner day for me getting TTM returns, with not only this one, but two other guys as well. Stay tuned for them coming up on the blog shortly.