Too big for a binder: oddballs and customs
In the December 1986 issue of Baseball Cards Magazine, six repli-cards were printed for collectors. There were 1981 Donruss “proof” cards of Reggie Jackson and George Brett, 1951 Topps cards of Wally Joyner and Don Mattingly, and 1951 Topps All-Star cards of Wade Boggs and Dwight Gooden. The problem is with the 1951 Topps All-Star cards. They are roughly the same size as those Donruss “pop-up” All-Star cards of the mid-1980s.
Next is an advertisement for a Babe Ruth portrait painted by Dick Perez. There is no date on the ad, and no website, so I’m guessing that this is early to mid-1990s. I’m a huge fan of Perez and his work on the Diamond Kings subset from 1982-1991 (I don’t recall if he also painted 1992; I didn’t buy many cards that year). However, this is probably my least favorite work from Perez.
Finally, at some point in the late 1990s/early 2000s, I was started to get back into baseball and collecting autographs through the mail. I didn’t have a lot of current cards at my disposal yet, so I made some on my own. I wanted Todd Hundley‘s autograph, so I sent him the below “card” and a blank index card. He returned the index card with his autograph, but the homemade card was unsigned. Sure, I only have myself to blame for the odd size of this “card,” and it frustrates me that I didn’t have the foresight to make it the standard 2.5 x 3.5.