For the third straight year, I’m making a set of “Hot Stove” customs based on a vintage oddball set.
Joe Maddon’s opting out of his contract with the Rays and then moving to the Cubs is easily the biggest story of the young off-season, and so he gets the honor of being card #1 in my custom 2014/15 set, which is based on the 1974 Kellogg’s “3-D” set.
The official reason-for-being of the “Hot Stove” set is to give everybody a sort of preview of what baseball will look like in 2015… Usually it will be players and managers in their new uniforms, like I had on this 2013/14 “Hot Stove” custom featuring Ian Kinsler “photoshopped” into a Tigers uniform (and into Comerica Park) shortly after he was traded:
FYI, the 2013/14 “Hot Stove” customs were based on 1959 Bazooka cards.
If the opportunity presents itself – and the word on the street is that the Twins will present such an opportunity in the near future – I’ll also create customs featuring MLB uniforms that are changing for the coming season, like when the Astros unveiled their new-at-the-time uniforms before the 2013 season.
These 2012/13 “Hot Stove” customs were based on 1960-62 Bazooka cards (Topps reused the design several years running).
Since the remaining vintage Bazooka designs are too uninteresting to keep me happy throughout the winter, I decided to base this year’s set on 1974 Kellogg’s. Here’s an original card from that set:
The original set was made up of 54 cards, and came inside boxes of Kellogg’s cereal, as well as through a mail-in offer.
So that’s the general poop on the 2014/15 TSR “Hot Stove” set. Card #2 will be unveiled… um… after something else happens.