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. Kathy Ireland? Let's Go Mets!

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.