I’ve been toying with the idea of whipping up some customs for my Astros autograph project, in order to create some “Astros” cards of players that never officially had one.
After some digging around online, I’ve come across several nice templates for various cards in existence. 1971 Topps is one of my favorites – most of the 70’s sets are really nice – and seemed like it’d be a pretty easy template with which to tinker.
George Springer, our grand hope for the Astros, belted his first home run today by taking a Drew Smyly pitch opposite field, sparking the Astros to a 6-2 win over the Tigers today. Thank goodness.
I decided to have some fun tonight and see if I could find a nice photo of Springer from the game – I was hoping I could get his swing, but the best option was him breaking for first, watching the ball zip out to right-center.
The “card” on the right is the result, after some tweaking of the template and dropping in the photo. I’ve never been a huge fan of the facsimile signatures that appear on so many Topps cards, so I didn’t even bother trying to find a real Springer ‘graph to mimic and decided to forgo that.
I’m not sure how I’d go about printing customs, but I’m sure my brain will start working on that soon. It’d be pretty great to make some for autographs, with an extra copy for the player, of course.
I’d have to figure out the ’71 back, though. It just wouldn’t be complete without it.
Meanwhile, I’d love to know what you guys think.