Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Another insert featuring brothers Ryan & Sean O'Sullivan.  Ryan played in the Lehigh Valley, and Sean was in Reading this season most recently past.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Reading Fightin' Phils additions to the Phillies' Minor League Set

Working through the Reading Fightin' Phils, which yes, is nearly as embarrassing to me as a baseball fan as I imagine "Montgomery Biscuits" is to fans in the south.

Regardless...here are a couple examples from the Reading section of the Phillies Farm system set.

 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Phillies' Minor League Set

I hate reading blogs that complain about "computer problems".  But I had a computer problem.  So the work I was doing before got lost.

However, now that I have a legal copy of Photoshop again, I started working on a new set.  2014 Philadelphia Phillies' Minor League System.  The cards were inspired by Topps sets from the '80s with the wood grain and the team logo in the circle.  I experimented with a colored square to put the player's name, but it ended up looking a little too much like the '85 Topps set.

Planning a main set (Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Reading Fightin Phils, Lakewood Blueclaws, Clearwater Threshers) and a couple subsets:
Futures Game (silver foil)
League All-Stars (gold foil)
Call-Ups (blue foil)
Draft Picks (red foil)

When picking photos, I try to find action photos that show the player's face.  Then I try to get all the different uniform sets the teams have worn during the season represented.  And if I can find a picture of the player not playing (in the locker room, doing community interaction stuff) I try to use that, too.

 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2014 Elysium NPB #16 Tomoyuki Sugano

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This is from a new set I got the idea for today.  Talking to a couple NPB fans on Twitter about how Japanese crowds are so organized with their cheering and whatnot.  I wanted to do a horizontal design, and with as...colorful as Japanese crowds are, I thought featuring each team's fans on their cards would be a cool.

The hardest part of the design was the name/position feature.  I wanted something simple, but with as many different colors as there were on the fans, I had to have a background to put the lettering on.  And I couldn't put it over the player's picture, because I've already given up half the card's real estate with the fans.  But I've got 24 cards in the can for this set, all from the Yomiuri Giants.

2014 Elysium Atlantic League - #9 Luis Lopez


Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 Elysium Atlantic League Set - #13 Dan Lyons (Long Island)

Dan Lyons, infielder for the Long Island Ducks.  This card features Dan holding the 2013 Atlantic League championship trophy.