Sunday, July 28, 2019

taking it back to 1987 with a few customs

Most of the customs I've made lately are for others, but I took some time today to make one for me I had been wanting to make for a long time.

Ha no, it wasn't Kathy Ireland, but the card I wanted to make was in the design of 1987 Donruss. Once I spent some quality time making a template, I had some fun with it.

Kathy Ireland is looking great for the Mets here in a meaningless late September game. Sadly, she would be DFA'd at the end of the season after only batting .198 in 74 at-bats.
Nah, I'm just being silly; I don't know the actual origin of the photo.

Bruce Springsteen gets a mocked-up card too. Kinda fun. Glory days, well, they'll pass you by.. am I right?

I wasn't planning on printing these above two out, but maybe someday.

Ok, here's the card I set out to create. Chris D. Jones is a guy who went to my high school and had brief stints in The Show with the Astros (1985) and Giants (1986), but unfortunately never got a real MLB card. In fact, I've only ever seen one photo of him in a major league uniform, this one that Rod shared with me. It's originally in black and white, though I've made an attempt at colorization here. Eh, good enough! I still need to make the back, but I hope to print out a few of these soon and make a TTM autograph request.

This one was a request on Twitter. Mickey Mantle taking Paul Simon deep in the video for "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard". Neat!

It was Hoyt Wilhelm's birthday the other day and I wanted to Tweet about it, but couldn't find this gif I made last year. (I usually search my blog to find my old gifs if I don't have them otherwise handy.) Maybe I forgot to post about it here? Well, there it is for next time!

Another one by request a few days ago. Here's a gif card of 75-year-old Luke Appling hitting a homer at an Old Timers game in '82 off Warren Spahn. Gotta love it!

That's all for today. Thanks for reading!


  1. Kathy Ireland photo is from a SI Swimsuit issue shoot, it's quite famous and burned in my brain. I'd say it's slumming on the '87 Donruss design, never one of my favorites.

  2. I love that Ireland card. Great job.

  3. Kathy Ireland? Let's Go Mets!

  4. I didn't know about that Appling homer, awesome! And great customs as usual!

  5. Kathy Ireland was one of my first real crushes in my youth. Love the gifs! You have quite a talent for those!

  6. Awesome Hoyt! He really could have been in that subset, as the relief pitcher.

    I want to live in a world full of women in bathing suits and Mets caps!

  7. For some reason that Kathy Ireland (okay fine it's the off-filter Mets cap) makes me wonder if you've done a Sid Finch card (presumably a 1985 or 1986 design).

  8. Thanks, guys!

    N.O.: Sorry to let you down. But at least I didn't use the '86 Donruss design!

    N.V.: Nah, haven't made a Finch card, though looks like you can find a few out there with a Google image search.

  9. Sweet cards. Never seen gifs done in a card. Really cool Hoyt Wilhem. And love that Kathy Ireland card.

  10. You had me at Kathy. She was a Top 5 pick for me back in the day. But the Wilhelm takes the cake. You're a custom cardboard magician.