My most recent custom card project is a bit of an historical stretch . . . but it could have happened.
If Topps did have an insider, things could have gone the way I have projected with my custom card of Robinson as a Giant.
Never hesitant to airbrush an existing photo to reflect a team change, Topps could have rushed a Robinson-as-Giant card into production in the month between the trade and the time his retirement was announced.
Regardless, I've attempted to remedy the baseball card historical record with my custom creation.
There does not appear to be any extant contemporary photograph of Jackie Robinson in a Giants uniform, so I had to make my own.
You might recognize the basic portrait as the image that was used on Robinson's 1952, 1955 and 1956 Topps cards. The fact that the portrait was cut off just above the jersey neckline really tied my hands, as it forced me to use an extreme close-up picture on my card. That wasn't all that unusual among 1957 Topps, however, so I don't think my card looks out of place.
To replace the Dodgers jersey, I used the '57 card of Windy McCall, which provided the background, as well. I tried to find another 1957 or even 1958 Giants card that would allow me to graft Robinson's head on and give me a less close-up perspective, but nothing seemed to work, or at least I couldn't make it work with my rather rudimentary Photoshop skills.
Likewise, I experimented with about a dozen other '57 backgrounds with brighter colors or stadium scenes, but they never looked right with the close-up portrait. The more I look at what I have, the better I like it as a match for the "real" 1957s.
I tried on half a dozen or more Giants caps from other cards before I settled on the cap from the 1955 Billy Gardner card. I've never had much luck previously with piecing together different elements -- cap, jersey, portrait -- but I think this one works well. It may not be as good as an original unretouched photo of Robinson in a Giants uniform would have been, but I think it compares well with what Topps artists may have come up with.