The World Baseball Classic is rolling around again next March, and I’ve been thinking that it would be fun to devote a small set of customs to it, and to leave the design of the set open to nominations followed by an online vote.
Next up in the parade of prototypes is a somewhat-modified version of 1976 Hostess, using a photo from the 2013 WBC:
The original 1976 Hostess set had red, white and blue at the bottom – because 1976 was the Bicentennial and everything had to be red, white and blue. I think it was some sort of overreaching Federal legislation or something.
Since the WBC is an international tournament, I thought it more fitting to use the colors of the country depicted. I’m happy with the way it turned out; it nicely tweaks the original design without getting into significant “Stone the heretic!” changes that bring 2001 Fleer Platinum to mind.
If there’s a vintage, semi-vintage or not-really-vintage-at-all card design you’d like to nominate for this custom WBC set, leave a comment. Three suggestions:
1 – Oddball sets are most definitely welcome.
2 – It doesn’t have to be a baseball design, so long as it works as a baseball set (i.e. no goalposts, hockey sticks or basketballs incorporated into the design).
3 – I’m shying away from anything that has team logos, mainly because I’m not sure what I would substitute for those.