I love making custom cards (or “fun cards,” as I usually call them). Cards that should have been, cards that never were, original designs, slightly modified designs…you name it. It’s a fun way to pass the time. But I have never actually produced these cards. They reside on the internet only, with no physical copies (unless someone printed them off at home).
Some card creators take it a step further, producing highly collectible items. Take, for instance, the When Topps Had (Base)Balls blog. Gio has now produced five series of cards from different eras of America’s greatest game. His most recent offering, “1960 Stars of Baseball,” is a 40-card, 10-sticker set featuring the best players from the 1960 season. There are two Reds cards (Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson) and one sticker (Robinson).
The cards, if left uncut, are quite large. They are reminiscent of the old Post cards from the 1960s, though these are glossy. But if you take scissors to them*…
They are horizontal 3.5 x 2.5 cards…perfect for your standard 9-pocket binder page.
The stickers are also quite nice…
I didn’t measure it, but if I guessed I would say they are probably 1.5 x 1.5 or 1 x 1.
Unfortunately for team collectors, Gio doesn’t sell single cards. So if you want your team’s cards, you have to buy the entire set. I’m glad I did, because I enjoyed seeing cards of a couple guys from 1960 who should be in the Hall of Fame, Ken Boyer and Minnie Minoso.
And there were plenty of other Hall of Famers like Warren Spahn in the lot as well, both in card form and sticker form.
Only 20 sets of “1960 Stars of Baseball” were produced, and the stock is completely sold out. I’m trying to decide whether I should keep the set intact, or sell off most of the non-Reds to team collectors who didn’t have a chance to purchase it. Right this minute, I’m leaning toward keeping it, but I might change my mind tomorrow. I’m willing to listen to any serious offers, though, if you think you can change my mind.
* – I did not actually cut these cards. I may look stupid, and may act stupid, and may be stupid. But I ain’t that stupid.
(November 29, 1922 – March 1, 2015)
One of the finest players not in the Hall of Fame, Minnie Miñoso passed away Sunday at the age of 92. In the video above, Miñoso connected for the final hit of his big league career in 1976 for the Chicago White Sox. Miñoso was featured in the 2015 TWJ “pre-season” baseball card set at TWJ cards on tumblr.
Two players among the six #9’s retired are not in the Hall of Fame, though there are some who believe at least one of them should be immortalized.
Minnie Minoso, Chicago White Sox
Minoso was a Negro League star before coming to the majors in 1949 and was named to seven All-Star squads during his big league career. After his retirement from the majors in 1964, Minoso played several seasons in Mexico, and made a brief comeback with the White Sox in 1976, appearing in three games, and another in 1980, playing in a pair. He also made appearances with the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League in 1993 and 2003, becoming the first player in history to play professionally in seven decades.
Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh Pirates
Enos Slaughter, St. Louis Cardinals
Reggie Jackson, Oakland A’s
Roger Maris, New York Yankees
Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox