Friday, December 2, 2016

Winston Hill added to '69-style Jets



It being football season and all, when I found a couple of nice Topps Vault photos of New York Jets Super Bowl III lineman Winston Hill, I pushed a 1969-style card to the top of  my to-do list.

Actually I never need much of an excuse to create a custom of one of the 1968 Jets; they were my favorite team back in the day.

For a lineman, Hill appeared on more than a typical number of Topps cards from that era. He's in Topps sets from 1965-67 and 1972-76. I can't explain the gap from 1968-71.

I like working in the 1969 Topps format. Hill represents the third member of the SBIII champions that I have memorialized in the style. Earlier I created Johnny Sample and Vito Parilli. 

If I had been on the fence about doing a Winston Hill card, there was no doubt one would be forthcoming after I read in several of his obituaries that he had operated a couple of barbecue restaurants in Colorado in retirement.


You can order this card. Unless otherwise noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $9.95 each, postpaid. Complete checklists of all my custom baseball, football and non-sports custom cards were published on this blog in late May (football), July 6 (non-sports) and Sept. 19 (baseball). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ralph Branca, Bob Addis drop off 1952 Topps survivors' list


The recent deaths of Ralph Branca (Nov. 23) and Bob Addis (Nov. 15) brings the total of surviving players who appeared in the 1952 Topps baseball card set to 41. Branca was card No. 274 in the set, pictured as a pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Addis was No. 259, pictured as a Chicago Cubs outfielder.

Branca pitched 12 years in the major leagues: Brooklyn Dodgers (1944-53, 1956), Detroit Tigers (1953-54) and N.Y. Yankees (1954). His lifetime big league record was 88-68 with a 3.79 ERA. He was a three-time All-Star while with the Dodgers.

Best-known for giving up the Bobby Thomson home run that put the N.Y. Giants int the 1951 World Series, Branca pitched in two World Series, 1947 and 1949.

Around the turn of the century, Branca was a popular autograph guest at card shows, often appearing with Thomson.

Addis was drafted by the Yankees in 1943, and after two years in the military during World War II played in their minor league system through 1947, when the Dodgers took him in the post-season minor league draft.

After the 1949 season he was traded to the Boston Braves, with whom he made the majors in 1950. He played sparingly with the Chicago Cubs in 1952-53, and ended is big league days with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953. He was a lifetime .281 hitter

Addis was 91 at the time of his death, Branca was 90.

Addis' baseball card appearances with the major gum companies were limited to 1952-53 Topps and 1953 Bowman color. Branca appeared on Topps cards 1951-52, and Bowmans 1950-53 (b/w). He also appeared in many post-career issues.

Here's the current list of living players from '52 Topps.

PLAYER                     1952 TOPPS   BIRTH          TEAM
                        `           CARD NO.      DATE

Wally Westlake           38                    11/08/1920   SLC
Eddie Robinson           32                    12/15/1920   CWS
Sam Mele                    94                    01/21/1922   WSH
Gil Coan                      91                    05/18/1922   WSH
Red Schoendienst       91                    02/02/1923    SLC
Solly Hemus                196                  04/17/1923   SLC
Bob Kuzava                 85                    05/28/1923   NYY
Ed Fitz Gerald             236                  05/21/1924   PIT
Charlie Silvera             168                  10/13/1924   NYY
Irv Noren                     40                    11/29/1924   WSH
Wayne Terwilliger         7                      06/27/1925   BRO
Bobby Shantz              219                  09/26/1925   PHA
Ned Garver                 212                  12/25/1925   SLB
Bob Borkowski            328                  01/27/1926   CIN
Randy Jackson           322                  02/10/1926   CHC
Howie Judson             169                  02/16/1926   CWS
Bob Miller                    187                  06/16/1926   PHI
Bobby Morgan             355                  06/29/1926   BRO   
Johnny Groth              25                    07/23/1926   DET
Roy Sievers                 64                    11/18/1926   WSH
Carl Erskine                250                  12/13/1926   BRO
Carl Scheib                 116                  01/01/1927   PHA
Charlie Maxwell           180                  04/08/1927   BRS
Cloyd Boyer                280                  09/01/1927   SLC
Bob Kelly                     348                  10/04/1927   CHC
Tommy Brown             281                  12/06/1927   PHI
Dick Gernert                343                  09/28/1928   BRS
Joe Presko                  220                  10/07/1928   SLC
Bob Ross                    298                  11/02/1928   WSH
Curt Simmons             203                  05/19/1929   PHI
Ted Lepcio                  335                  07/28/1929   BRS
Ike Delock                   329                  11/11/1929   BRS
Del Crandall                162                  03/05/1930   BOS
Vern Law                     81                    03/12/1930   PIT
Johnny Antonelli          140                  04/12/1930   BOS
Dick Groat                   369                  11/04/1930   PIT
Bob Friend                  233                  11/24/1930   PIT
Willie Mays                  261                  05/06/1931   NYG
Tony Bartirome           332                  05/09/1932   PIT
Dick Brodowski           404                  07/26/1932  BRS
Bobby Del Greco         353                  04/07/1933   PIT

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Custom '56 Paige breaks silence


A follower of my blog recently wrote to inquire about the now six-weeks' absence of new postings; he was concerned about my health.

 I appreciate the concern for the fact is my health has played the major part in the lack of new material in this space.

However, I have not totally abandoned the creation of new custom cards. In the coming days I'll share my latest with you.

The first is an addition to my  "Donovan's Drive-Ins" series of minor league players in the 1956 Topps format.

Rather than rehash the "back story," I'll give you this link: Donovan's backstory .

With the number of Satchel Paige photos I have in my "futures file," I doubt that I'll ever run out of Paige custom-card ideas.

While the triptych cartoons on the backs of 1956 Topps make creating new cards challenging, the set was one of my favorites, so I'll continue to turn them out.

You can order this card. Unless otherwise noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $9.95 each, postpaid. Complete checklists of all my custom baseball, football and non-sports custom cards were published on this blog in late May (football), July 6 (non-sports) and Sept. 19 (baseball). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dexterity needed to recreate 1951 Wheaties boxes


Many regular readers will have noted that my blog output has been diminished the past several months.  Realistically, I don't look for it to pick up any time soon.


My good friend, mentor and office mate Chet Krause died at the end of June. The office building where he let me maintain a retirement office is in the process of being sold, so I'll be vacating by mid-November, when I return to my Pennsylvania home for the winter.

Much of the past couple of months I was laid low by a nasty bacterial infection of the chest that has been plaguing our little town. Osteoarthritis in both hands, wrists and elbows continues to take a toll on my mobility in those joints. 

To try to test the limits of what seems to have become the new normal in my dexterity, I've spent the past couple of days cutting, folding and pasting replicas of 1951 Wheaties single-serving boxes which featured on their backs one of six star athletes: Ballplayers Stan Musial, Ted Williams and Bob Feller, golfer Sam Snead and John Lujack (football) and George Mikan (basketball).

It takes lots of exacting cuts and folds to recreate
the original format of 1951 Wheaties
single-serving boxes.
For some time I've had images of complete, unfolded boxes of Musial and Williams in my card-creation file. Even today, 65 years after they were made, the 1951 Wheaties singles are not all that scarce, even in complete-box form.

I'm only partially satisfied with my efforts to replicate the boxes. The intricate cuts that would allow the boxes to present a more original appearance are more of a challenge than I had hoped. But even at that, they don't look too bad sitting on a shelf across the room.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

'66 #1 draft pick Chilcott custom card


In the second-ever "regular" June draft of high school and college players, June 6-7, 1966, Lancaster, Calif., prep star catcher Steven Chilcott was the first player picked overall.

In explaining why the Mets picked Chilcott over Reggie Jackson, team president George Weiss said the catcher filled the Mets’ “greatest need.”


Chilcott was a left-handed hitter, variously reported  as 5'11" to 6’1”, 180-185 lbs. playing for Antelope Valley High School. He caught for the first time as a high school senior; previously he had been a third baseman. However that didn’t stop him from winning all the honors in each of his three varsity seasons. He was voted Player of the Year in a seven-team league in 1966, compiling an average of .506 on 42 hits in 83 appearances. He had 26 extra-base hits, nine doubles, six triples and 11 home runs. He drove in 33 runs.

Chilcott had also starred in football as a passing quarterback. He received numerous college football scholarship offers, including the Air Force Academy and UCLA.

Ex-Mets manager Casey Stengel and area scout Nelson Burbrink were assigned to get Chilcott’s signature on a Mets contract.

Stengel had only seen Chilcott play once, in a game on April 25, when he went 4-for-4. “One look is enough for me,” Stengel said. “This boy has all the tools to become a major league hitter.”

Chilcott signed June 30 for $75,000 (Reggie got $85,000)and was assigned to Marion, Va., in the Rookie Appalachian League. Between Marion and Auburn of the Class A New York-Pennsylvania League, Chilcott batted .176 with little evident power. He went to the Florida Instructional League following the 1966 season, where he batted .186.

Chilcott spent the 1967-69 seasons with Mets Class A teams at Winter Haven (1967, Florida State League) and Visalia 1968-69 California League). He hit a combined .273, but again showed no power. While at Winter Haven he dislocated his shoulder diving back into second base on a pick-off attempt. His career cratered.

He reached as high as AAA ball in the Mets and Expos organizations in 1970, but batted barely over .200.

He returned to Class A Visalia in 1971 trying to make it as an outfielder, batting a respectable .265 with a career-high 17 home runs.

His pro career ended in 1972 in the Yankees organization. At Class A Ft. Lauderdale in the Florida State League he hit .462 in a big week, but when he was advanced to Class AA Elmira, he sank to .146 and ended his pro playing days.

Chilcott is one of only two #1 overall draft picks who never made it to the majors (the other was Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor in 1991).

Thus its not surprising that Chilcott never had a Topps baseball card.

When I found a nice color pose of Chilcott in the J.D. McCarthy photo archives, I knw I could fill in that gap.

I originally intended to do my card in the 1967 format, perhaps even with a Topps rookie team trophy. That plan was thwarted, however, when I was unable to come up with a facsimile autograph for the card front. The 1968-style card you see here was my fall-back position. I didn't think it to much of a stretch to believe that after hitting .290 in the minors in 1967, Topps could have made his part of its '68 set.


You can order this card. Unless otherwise noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). Complete checklists of all my custom baseball, football and non-sports custom cards were published on this blog in late May (football), July 6 (non-sports) and Sept. 19 (baseball). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.




Thursday, September 22, 2016

1958-style John DeMerit created



There's really no reason Topps couldn't have made a 1958 card of Milwaukee Braves bonus baby John DeMerit.

There were '58T cards for Bob Hazle and Hawk Taylor. Taylor, another bonus player, made his debut on June 9; Hazle's first game with the Braves was July 29. DeMerit debuted June 18.

A recently discovered photo of DeMerit allowed me to fill in that '58 gap.

Back on Mach 27, I detailed the story behind my first John DeMerit custom, in the 1960 Topps style. I'll link it here: John DeMerit.

Regular readers may have noticed a decline in the number of entries to this blog and on my custom-card creation. That's likely to continue for a couple of months.

The death of my friend and mentor Chet Krause in late June means I'm going to lose my office in downtown Iola when the building is sold by the Foundation that was his beneficiary. Eventually I'll set up a home office, but that won't take place until after my annual removal to Pennsylvania for the winter.

In the interim, I've been working hard at helping dispose of the last of Chet's numismatic holdings, so I haven't made time for a lot of custom-card work.


You can order this card. Unless otherwise noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). Complete checklists of all my custom baseball, football and non-sports custom cards were published on this blog in late May (football), July 6 (non-sports) and Sept. 19 (baseball). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Checklist of baseball custom cards, pre-war

Until now, there has been no place where all of my custom cards could be found in checklist form.  It is my intention to update this posting as new cards are created. Similar checklists for my other baseball, non-sports and football custom cards will also be posted.

Custom card availability. Unless noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.




















1911 T205 Gold Border
    Honus Wagner (green, no cap)
    Honus Wagner (green, w/cap)
    Honus Wagner (orange, w/cap)
    Honus Wagner (blue w/cap)





















1912 T202 Triplefolders
The Red Sox Outfield (Speaker, Hooper, Lewis)
Wagner Safe at Third (Wagner Carey)


1912 Tuxedo Tobacco (Fantasy)
    Walter Johnson
    Christy Mathewson
    John McGraw
















1920s Tiger Tobacco (Fantasy)
    Ty Cobb















1934 Goudey
97  Henry "Prince" Oana, Phillies















1935-36 Diamond Stars
119 Babe Ruth
241 Walter Johnson, Indians
242 Satchel Paige, Pittsburgh Crawfords























1940 Play Ball
241 Dizzy Dean, Cubs
242 Rudy York, Tigers
243 Lou Novikoff, L.A. Angels
244 Pee Wee Reese, Louisville Colonels
245 Phil Rizzuto, K.C. Blues
246 Sammy Baugh, Cardinals






















1941 Play Ball
73 Vallie Eaves, Cubs
74 Dizzy Dean, Cubs
75 Rudy Yotk, Tigers
76 Lou Novikoff, Cubs
77 Phil Rizzuto, Yankees 









Checklist of my custom baseball cards 1970-1990

Until now, there has been no place where all of my custom cards could be found in checklist form.  It is my intention to update this posting as new cards are created. Similar checklists for my other baseball, non-sports and football custom cards will also be posted.

Custom card availability. Unless noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.



1970 Topps
721 Carlton Fisk, Red Sox
722 Allan Lewis, A's
723 Tony Horton, Indians
724 Jim Boutn, Astros

1971 Topps
753 Carlton Fisk, Red Sox
754 Cecil Cooper, Red Sox
754 Cecil Cooper, Cardinals
755 Bobby Cox, Yankees
756 Warren Spahn, Tulsa Oilers
1972 Topps
788 Gorman Thomas, Brewers
789 Larry Doby, Expos
790 Warren Spahn, Indians

 1973 TCMA
5 Kurt Russell, El Paso Sun Kings




1973 Topps
661 Gorman Thomas, Brewers

1974 Topps
661 George Brett, Royals
662 Robin Yount, Brewers
663 Gary Carter, Expos
663 Gary Carter, Expos (O-Pee-Chee)

1975 Topps
661 Duke Snider, Expos
662 Orlando Cepeda, Royals

1976 Topps
500 Reggie Jackson, Orioles (white jersey)
500 Reggie Jackson, Orioles (orange jersey)
661 Frank Robinson, Indians
662 Dale Murphy, Braves
663 Mark Fidrych, Tigers

1977 Topps
77 Reggie Jackson, Orioles
235 Cecil Cooper, Brewers
661 Dick Allen, A's

1978 Topps
4 Paul Molitor, Brewers (Burger King)
727 Rocky Colavito, Indians
728 Gorman Thomas, Brewers
729 Harvey Haddix, Indians

1979 Topps
727 Bill Mazeroski, Mariners
728 Jim Bouton, Braves


1982 Topps Traded
133T Tony Gwynn, Padres

1985 Topps
701 Barry Larkin, USA
702 Will Clark, USA

1986 Topps Traded
133T Roberto Clemente Jr., Phillies


1990 Topps
USA1 George Bush, Yale (reprint)




Checklist of my custom baseball cards, 1957-69

Until now, there has been no place where all of my custom cards could be found in checklist form.  It is my intention to update this posting as new cards are created. Similar checklists for my other baseball, non-sports and football custom cards will also be posted.

Custom card availability. Unless noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.


1957 Topps
302 Sandy Koufax, Dodgers (wind-up)
302 Sandy Koufax, Dodgers (looking in for sign)
408 Tony Roig, Senators
409 Mel Roach, Braves
410 Jackie Robinson, Giants
411 Nippy Jones, Braves
412 Pat Scantlebury, Redlegs
413 Bob Hazle, Braves
1958 Topps
145 Ed Bouchee, Phillies (black)
145 Ed Bouchee, Phillies (yellow)
496 Mel Roach, Braves
497 Renewing the Rivalry
       (Don Newcombe, Johnny Antonelli)
498 Roy Campanella, Dodgers
499 John Kennedy, Phillies
500 Bob Thorpe, Pirates
501 John DeMerit, Braves




















1959 Topps
573 Rudy York, Red Sox
574 Bob Hazle, Tigers
575 Maury Wills, Dodgers (Rookie Stars)
576 Bob Taylor, Braves
577 Tribal Elders, Braves
   (Slaughter, Boone, Vernon)















1960 Topps
573 Ted Williams, Red Sox
574 Jackie Jensen, Red Sox
575 A.L. Home Run Kings
   (Rocky Colavito, Harmon Killebrew)
576 Best Batsmen (Ty Cobb, Ted Williams)
577 Dean Chance Orioles (Rookie Star)
578 Ted Williams (All-Star)
579 Bob Clemente (All-Star)
580 Marshall Bridges, Cardinals
581 John DeMerit, Braves














1962 Topps
599 Jack Reed, Yankees





















1963 Topps
577 Maury Wills, Dodgers
578 Pete Rose, Reds
579 Steve Dalkowski, Orioles
580 Tom Brown, Senators


1963 Pepsi Colt .45s
John Bateman (reprint)






















1964 Topps
155 Duke Snider, Giants
588 Joe Adcock, Angels
589 Jim Brosnan, White Sox





















1965 Topps
205 Warren Spahn, Mets
599 Dick Wantz, Angels
600 Satchel Paige, A's
601 Tony Horton, Red Sox













1966 Topps
599 Dick Wantz, Angels (In Memoriam)
600 Harvey Haddix, Mets



1967 Topps
610 Red Sox Rockers
   (Yaz, Smith, Conigliaro)
611 All-Star Starters
   (Koufax, McLain)
612 Sandy Koufax, Dodgers
613 Tony Horton, Red Sox
614 Joe Jay, Braves




















1968 Topps
599 Bill Skowron, Angels
600 Joe DiMaggio, A's
601 Bobby Cox, Yankees
602 Reggie Jackson, A's (belt to cap)
602 Reggie Jackson, A's (letters to cap)




















1969 Topps
684 Steve Garvey, Dodgers
685 Thurman Munson, Yankees
686 Joe DiMaggio, A's
687 Warren Spahn, Tulsa
688 Jim Bouton, Pilots