Earlier in the year, I posted about a 1991 Classic baseball trivia board game I bought for the cards and mentioned I had intentions to turn the gameboard into a wall display. Well, I finally got around to that and it turned out pretty good!
Here ya go. As you can see, it's built to field a 9-card team. I've currently got the Springfield Nine out there. Matching players to positions makes the most sense with this layout, but hell, you could throw 9 random Reggie Jackson cards in there or whatever. If the baseball gods smile upon me and San Diego finally wins the World Series someday, I'd likely put the Padres' championship starting lineup in there.
Cards are held in place by magnet stickers-- cheap on eBay or Amazon-- each with one on the board and one on the toploader, making them super easy to remove and swap out cards, yet they stick well enough to where I wasn't able to just shake them off, even with a pretty good jolt. I had considered using velcro, but am happy with the sleeker, quieter choice of magnets.
Here's a look at the board sans cards before I put it up.
Drilled a hole in centerfield (welp, still the infield, but working with the space allowed) and screwed it into the wall. Thought about putting another screw at catcher, but instead just a piece of blue tape underneath was sufficient to anchor the bottom and keep it level.
Encased cards are no problem either. Just throw a magnet into the protective sleeve. I should mention that magnets can differ in strength, so if you try this at home, obviously test how strong the magnets you're using are before trying it out with good cards. Weak magnets could present a problem.
Adding a horizontal card into the mix works too, but requires a different toploader with the magnet rotated 90° so that the magnetic poles line up with the board or whatever. Score a point for velcro in this instance. Thick cards would need thick top-loaders, too. But with enough toploaders and magnets, you could have pretty much any combination of cards in your display. If you're low on supplies, you could try just jamming the magnet behind the card in the top-loader instead of sticking it to the back, but I'd be wary of damaging the card that way. Another method would be like with the above graded card and just put the toploader in a team bag with a magnet in it.
It's a nice touch to my little cardroom that I've been working on since moving into our new house a few months ago. Between shelves and stuff Tetris'd in there, this was one of the few bare spots on the walls in the room. The area doesn't get direct sunlight, so I shouldn't have to worry about cards fading, though I probably still wouldn't put out high-dollar cards for too long, same as with any display.
You could add a 10th spot in the dugout for a DH or manager if you wanted, though I'm content with this layout for now. If I wanted this to be a team-centric display, I might stick a round '89 Upper Deck hologram sticker or maybe old Fleer sticker over the opposing league's on-deck circle-- so like if I was doing a Padres board, I'd slap a Padres sticker over the AL logo.
But yeah, it's a fun, "living" display that barely cost anything to put together since I already had the board. I'm looking forward to trying it with different combinations of cards. If it starts to feel stale, just swap in some fresh cards.
What do you think, sirs?
That looks great and swapping out cards should be fun! I had something like this as a kid, but you had to insert opposite corners of the cards into two little slots. Not great for keeping your cards in mint condition. Great job putting this together!ReplyDelete
I love this idea, super cool!ReplyDelete
Looks good, and it does sound fun.ReplyDelete
Dude. Your creativity level is off the charts. Very cool. Can't wait to one day see the San Diego Padres WS Champions represented on this field. Well... hopefully it happens during my lifetime. They finally got the cycle and no-hitter thing out of the way. Go Padres!ReplyDelete
That's really nice. I hadn't seen that board before you posted it, but I think I saw something similar back in the day.ReplyDelete
In my head, I will put together the Mets' lineup every day imagining a board like this, but using cards I really own. Helps me get ready for the game, I guess.
This looks awesome! Really creative idea and well done. And agree that the magnet stickers were the way to go!ReplyDelete
Great idea and great job bringing it to life.ReplyDelete
That's fantastic! Excellent work!ReplyDelete
As always, I am impressed. I actually have two of those gameboards. One is a sealed game and the other I have just never looked at. Maybe I should look at them now.ReplyDelete
Very cool idea with the magnets! (Bonus points for showing the Springfield Nine in there.) I like how there are many different ways you can go with this -- by team, by favorite player at each position, by a specific card set, by theme (e.g., a player shown fielding a ball at their position). Always an opportunity for a fresh look.ReplyDelete
That's pretty cool. I'd recommend the team bag option or else dust will fill up the top loaders. Those things are made up of at least 50% static cling, lol.ReplyDelete