Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pretty Girls! (Ginter inspired mini set)

It's Valentimes (sic) and amore is in the air. I used the impending holiday as motivation to make a reality of this little custom set I had kicking around. I wanted to do a Custom Nine (which is essentially a 9-card stand-alone insert set) of my favorite pretty ladies. And so that's what I did!

It's called, simply enough, Pretty Girls. I tried to not over-think the selection process, and so these are 9 beautiful women that sprung to mind when thinking of my personal "dream girl" and I'm happy with the choices. It's an incredible bunch of smart, talented people who also happen to be quite lovely.

The design is clearly a ripoff of homage to Allen & Ginter. I think these are the first Gintery customs I've ever tried my hand at. I decided to make them minis, since the A&G mini inserts are always more fun than the full-size ones, wouldn't you agree?

Enough of an intro.. take a look at each of the cards!

I'm a big Zooey Deschanel fan. I like her in the movies she does. I like her band She & Him. I like her show New Girl. I like what she's got going on.

The band Rilo Kiley was a big part of my life in the decade of the 00s. I saw them live many times, collected their live recordings, and was even an admin on the forum for their fansite that had upwards of a thousand users. Jenny Lewis, the main singer and songwriter, was just as awesome as could be and I was big into her for a long time. I still like her since she went solo, though am nowhere near as bonkers as I was back then.

AJ Lee, my cardboard concubine. I am not into WWE at all really. But somehow I've become a big fan of hers and love collecting her cards. She's super cute and has a great vibe. I also thought it was brave when she spoke out about the unfair wage gap between male and female wrestlers. Soon after that, she walked away from the scripted sport. Badass.

Christina Hendricks was, in a word, pa'DOW on Mad Men. She might be my #1 celebrity crush (The cards in this custom 9 are not in "rank" order or anything, FYI.. I designed them all first, then arranged them in a way that looked good in a theoretical 9-pocket page [see top photo]). This is not the first custom I've made for Christina, though the other one was definitely sillier. I've also got her certified autograph from a Firefly product, and it's easily my best girlie card. (Link to my big Christina Hendricks post from a couple years ago.)

Emma Watson knocks my socks off.. incredibly beautiful and well spoken whenever she opens her mouth. Big fan. Crazy thing is I've never even seen any of the Harry Potter films. I'm about halfway through the audio books. I'd like to finish all the books first before I watch the movies. Someday!

This one is a retro/throwback selection, but Lea Thompson in the mid 80s (circa Back to the Future part 1) is just my ideal of a pretty, sweet girl. Those dimples! Such a cutie! She's still doing well today, don't get me wrong, but as for my dream girl list, I'm specifically going back to the 1980s with this choice.

Here's the only person in the set I've had sex with (so far). Sorry, I couldn't resist that crude joke, but yes, I'm including my lovely wife Beth in my list of favorite pretty girls. I even gave her the #1 slot, though this post hasn't been in order. She's the best thing that's ever happened to me and I love the heck out of her. I gave her this card for Valentine's Day, and I think she appreciated the gesture. Granted, it would have been more romantic without the other 8 cards!

Taylor Swift is super hot, can't deny. I'm not really a huge fan of her music, though I'll admit her latest record has a bunch of catchy songs, a couple of which you might catch me singing along to if they came on after I had a few drinks. This was actually the final slot I decided on, with Ms. Swift just barely edging out the competition for inclusion in the set. I'm sure it means a lot to her.

Another sentimental pick from the mid 80s. I've mentioned my love of The Goonies before (see my auto display project), and every time I watch it, I fall head over heels for Kerri Green's character Andy all over again. This is probably my least favorite of the 9 cards in this set, as there weren't a lot of good pictures of Kerri out there to choose from. I had to use a screen grab from the movie. Not perfect, but her cuteness still shines through. Although she's not really active as an actor anymore, she still looks great when she pops up.

And that brings us to the end of the set. Up there's what the backs look like.

Honorable mentions need to go to Cyndi Lauper (another mid 80s favorite.. circa "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "Goonies R Good Enough"), Kate Upton (I expect her exclusion may be controversial), Katrina Bowden, Tina Fey, Janelle MonĂ¡e, Sarah Silverman, Carrie Fisher.. Really, the women I find incredibly attractive could fill a 792 card set. But 9 is a good number to stop at.

These minis look and feel great in-hand, and are all available for trade, per usual with my customs, so drop me a line if you're interested. While I made the set with only myself in mind, I'd be happy to spread copies around. I will offer to swap out my wife's card for a special custom designed for you with whoever you ask for (You could send me a pic of your significant other to use, or request a celebrity of your choice). Of if you want my wife's card, that's fine too (creep!).. Maybe I could even get her to autograph it for you.

Thanks for reading and Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Gavin, I don't know how you do it, but those look like they just came off the A&G line. They have everything from the artsy borders to the color splashes in the background. Very well done.

  2. More great customs! You and I must have very similar tastes because I love Zooey Deschanel and Jenny Lewis too (and their respective music careers especially). And don't get me started on your wife! :ducks:

  3. the card design is better than all previously released A&Gs, imo. I've never been a fan. Topps needs you. seriously. glad too, to see your wife included Gavin. :)

  4. Really like the Zooey Deschanel, Jenny Lewis, and AJ Lee cards. Great work Gavin!

  5. Kerri Green was pretty. Love Zooey too, especially in 500 Days of Summer and a great singing voice in Elf. I'm much more into Katy Perry than Taylor Swift though. Lea Thompson was super sexy in a nerdy sort of way in All the Right Moves and badass in Red Dawn lol. I would've probably had Scarlett Johannson over Emma Watson. Nice set of cards though!

  6. You know what I need you to do. A 5 dollar bill is waiting.

  7. Love 'em! I'm a big Jenny Lewis fan as well.

  8. Really impressive, even though I would have made quite a few different checklist choices.

  9. Love em, great idea!. I hope that there will be a series 2, 3, 4, (year 2) 5, 6, 7, 8, (year 3) 9, ...... I'm fond of these gals: Zooey, Emma, Taylor, Lea, and AJ.

  10. Lol is this the new prime 9/binder page challenge? The top 9 women you'd make custom cards of.

  11. Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza man....

  12. I was a big Rilo Kiley fan, but I basically could not handle their last album. Jenny's first solo album was great, but I've experienced diminishing returns on the rest of her solo career.

  13. I guess I could probably say it every time, but wow, these are your best customs yet!

    Also congrats on outkicking your coverage, bro. :P

  14. I cannot disagree with a single one of these. If you decides to sell these sets, put me down for one.

    Also, did you know your girl from Rilo Kiley was in the movie The Wizard with Fred Savage?

  15. Thanks for the nice feedback, everybody!

    Greg.. yes, Ms. Stone!
    Other Greg.. man, how could I forget Alison Brie?!
    Kerry.. yeah, I agree, though I've grown to accept UTB for what it is and enjoy it somewhat now.
    TJ.. now available for sale or trade! And yes, I was a bit of a Nintendo nerd back in the day, and it was The Wizard that originally got me interested in "that band with the girl from the Wizard" back around 2000.

    Thanks again, all.

  16. Great cards and you did well with the variety. The Lea Thompson cards is my favorite.

  17. Pretty cool cards, Gavin. I only checked this out thanks to the link on today's post to it.

    Also, funny thing -- my wife is also named Beth.

  18. Stunning in more than one way ;)

  19. Nice work. Although I've heard of less than half of them before...but that's not surprising as I don't watch a lot of TV and even less movies.

    I had no idea that She & Him was Zooey Deschanel. They played a Christmas song from the group a LOT this past Christmas and I had never heard of them before.

  20. Thought this comment went through the other day!!!
    I love the Deschanel card!! I've loved her since seeing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
    but my favorite of her offerings has got to be Tin Man (ScyFy)!
    All this and she can sing too!
    the custom card of your wife is too cool too! I'd love to have done something like that for my wife (especially today being my 22nd anniversary and all that!)

  21. Outstanding! A&G should do more like this. Like the others, I could fill quite a checklist of my own. Hmm. I feel inspiration coming on....

  22. Awesome looking cards - and you are a wise man to put your wife in the #1 spot!

  23. Chris the Collector posted the Taylor Swift on his blog the other day, which reminded me that I had gotten some of these from you way back when. My daughter who was four when this post was written is 12 now and is right in that age group where Taylor Swift is her favorite singer, so I gave her that card.