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Making Custom Cards and getting them signed
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Posted by jaygross
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I have long been an admirer of the many custom cards some of our members and other collectors make. For over 15 years, SCN has a area on our message board dedicated to Custom Cards and Graphics. There are some absolutely fantastic design, I especially love how some folks have incorporated cuts of deceased players in their own card designs (I wish I was that artistic).

I personally have a love for getting multiple players to sign cards, but it's getting a little tougher these days.

Tallboy Trios

Around 2003-2004, I was learning how to use photoshop and thought it would be fun to combine some of the 1964 Topps Hockey cards into my "Tallboy Trios". I combined scans of 3 stars from a team and resized them to a standard card size (2.5x3.5 inches):

Leafs Trio
Candiens Trio
Red Wings Trio
Bruins Trio

Unfortunately I didn't think I could get 3 stars from the Rangers or Blackhawks from the set to easily get to sign TTM at the time, so I didn't make cards for them.

Basketball Trios

As many folks on SCN know, I am really passionate about old school pro basketball (NBA & ABA). I have been working on standard issue projects related to 1960's-80's for a while (1970's leaders card, 1975 Topps team cards, 1980 Topps tri-cards, 1980 Topps posters). And I have been thinking about doing custom cards for this era also!

A while back, I found some designs another basketball fan made for Tallboys cards based on the 1965 NBA season. It's actually pretty challenging to find nice color photos from that time period that would fit with the vertical Tallboy design. This week I sent the card to Lenny Wilkens with a donation to finish up the card

1965 Topps Hawks

I could not be more excited that I was able to finish it and by how it turned out.

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