When it comes to my custom TSR set, my goal is always to have virtual packs on the virtual shelves by opening day.
Fortunately for me, I never specified whose opening day, and since a number of teams have yet to play as this is being posted, I’m going to consider this goal to have been met with this post.
So here’s the deal with my custom set: it’s meant to be the type of original-design throwback set that I wish someone would make. Although I never design card backs or print these out, I always think of these as being printed on gray cardboard a la 1970’s and 1980’s Topps. As there are no “lottery” inserts like relics or autographs or short-printed variations, being “tamper-proof” is not necessary, and so cards come in wax packs.
And here’s our first pack…
Now that I’m into my fifth year of making my custom cards, I find myself kinda wishing I could’ve come up with a better name than the initialization of “The Shlabotnik Report “… But five years in and I still don’t have a better name in mind, so TSR it is.
Let’s rip this pack open, OK?
It’s not unusual for me to have a particular decade I set out trying to emulate, but this year’s set started out with a general graphical idea, and the rest fell into place after a lot of messing around with different things. I feel like I ended up inadvertently paying homage to a particular subset of Topps history, but I won’t say anything more and let you form your own impressions.
Today’s pack is all base cards, but there will eventually be all of the subsets and inserts you might be familiar with from past years… Notable Newbies, Pointless Pairings, Draft Picks, Futures Game, 2016 Highlights and fake rub-off tattoos.
Coaches and managers will be around again, and I’ve got some ideas for new types of “inserts”.
There’s no true rhyme or reason in the players featured here, other than I created a number of customs as part of the design process and felt like these were the best so far.
So there’s your first pack of the year… A little bit rushed to make it by Opening Day, but the way these things go, I’m always tweaking things until I reach my self-imposed deadline anyway.
Keep an eye out for wax, cello and rack packs in your favorite fictional stores, like Virt-U-L-Mart!