I always keep a close watch on baseball transactions during the offseason, and over the past couple of weeks I’ve been watching more closely, looking for for an opportunity to make an appealing (to me, anyway) “Hot Stove” custom card.
When I came up with the idea of these customs, I was planning on making at least one each week. Unfortunately, in the weeks since the R.A. Dickey trade, neither of my teams have done anything of note, and none of the players I like have gone anywhere (with the exception of one or two being designated for assignment). Hell, I even gave some thought to attempting an Andruw Jones card after he signed with a Japanese team.
…So when the Mets signed Shlabotnik-favorite Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract, I said “Eh, good enough”.
To be honest, this card wasn’t completely fulfilling since Omar started 2012 with the Mets; that meant I had a photo of him in a Mets uniform, and didn’t get a chance to hone my digital image manipulation skills.
…and now that I’ve made this custom, the Mets will sign Michael Bourn, Johnny Damon, Roy Oswalt, Grady Sizemore, Jamie Moyer and several other free agents, and all of my favorite players will get traded for each other in a massive multi-team trade.
For those of you who are new to these customs, they’re based on the 1960-62 Bazooka design, and if you look at this blog’s heading you’ll see a link to my gallery of these cards.