When I Was a Custom Card Designer: 2009 GameDay OldSchool

Posted: December 29, 2012 by Crackin' Wax in 2009, GameDay OldSchool, Minnesota Twins
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After a year full of designing cards meant specifically to be autographed, I decided to take the latter part of the season to pay tribute to a classic card design. By using modern day photographs with a near-exact replication of the chosen classic card design, I did what many other custom card creators before me did and what Topps does now with Archives. From spacing to kerning, from completely redrawing the team name as a vector shape to matching colors, and from photography selection to object placement, each detail was meticulously studied and rendered.

Before revealing the year in which my inaugural edition of GameDay OldSchool pays tribute, let me first offer you some clues…

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are married.
Heather Locklear and Tommy Lee are married.
Cary Grant dies.
Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee, Platoon, Karate Kid Part II, Star Trek IV, Aliens and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are released.
“Rock Me Amadeus,” “The Final Countdown” and “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” are big radio hits.
Space Shuttle Challenger explodes during launch.
The Chicago Bears defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
Bill Buckner.
Mike Tyson becomes youngest world heavyweight boxing champion.
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Double Dare make their debuts.
The Legend of Zelda and Metroid are released.
I open my very first pack of baseball cards.

The year, of course, is 1986. In baseball cards, what came out was one of the more atrocious designs put to print, but it was also one to which I have a bit of an attachment. Call it an unconditional fondness. It’s an ugly set, but it’ll get ya home. You’ll also probably feel a heightened sense of shame afterwards.

Of course, what would a WIWACCD post be without some more background noise? This is another track off of the big demo album from 2000 that I never got around to finishing. It’s basically 5 or 6 minutes of me strumming 3 chords over and over again, but had I finished it, the song would have been a lot deeper and much more dense in layers and sound. When you listen to the song, you get the sense that it’s not finished… and it’s true. It’s not finished. At all.

The following cards were designed and assembled at the request of other fellow card collectors. I have seen and heard that some of them have been signed. I’ve also heard of at least one player refusing to sign his due to the large white area incorporated into the design of the card. *shrug*


Aside from the obligatory Neshek, you’ll notice that these cards were all done in chronological order. All but the Pavano card were created at a low web resolution, Pavano’s was done at a much higher resolution–which is much more noticeable when you click to view the larger version.

In the next “WIWACCD” I’ll be getting into the 2010 GameDay design–which I was supposed to do this time until I remembered that I still hadn’t posted the 86 OldSchools!


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  1. You were the coolest custom designer. I have a great Game Day Derek Jeter card. Though it’s never been signed.

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