Custom Sunday: 1969-Style Stamps And The Last “Giant”

Inspiration struck me late this past week and I spent most of my custom-making time on a new template which… well, I’ll come to that.

Let’s start off with a couple of customs using my 1962 Post-inspired “Hot Stove” design. After extensive negotiations with the Marlins over J.T. Realmuto, the Mets ended up going the free agent route and signing catcher Wilson Ramos, who was with the Phillies and Rays this past season. Would I have preferred Realmuto? Of course, but not at the price the Marlins were apparently demanding.

BTW, my kneejerk reaction when I first saw this picture was that Ramos had gone “old school” and worn a windbreaker under his Mets jersey. I quickly realized that wasn’t the case, and he just happened to be wearing a blue collared shirt at the press conference. This is one of the few times when I don’t mind the collared shirt under the jersey.

Next up is a custom in my new series featuring prospects with great names. Today we feature Diamondbacks prospect Jazz Chisholm.

No mere great name is Chisholm, since he’s regarded as the D-Backs’ top prospect, a shortstop who combines power and speed. He’s still a bit away from the Majors, however.

While I enjoy making customs using this Post-ish template, they’re time-consuming to make because I have to change the weight, height, birthplace, etc. plus researching and writing a paragraph – and yes, those are written by me, I’m not just stealing text from somewhere else. There are some players where I find an image on Twitter or can easily “photoshop” a new logo on their photo, but I don’t really want to go through all the research and writing.

Enter the 1969 Topps baseball stamps design. Last year I used the 1974 Topps baseball stamps as the basis for a non-sports set, but I thought I’d create a 1969 design for 2019… it’s the 50th anniversary after all. Besides, sometimes I just enjoy creating a new template.

I honestly wouldn’t have made a full custom for these four players (all of whom signed as free agents), but now that I’ve got the stamps set up and ready to go, you’ll be seeing more of these… as well as the other Hot Stove sets I’ve started.

Since last May I’ve been making a tribute to the 1964 Topps Giant-sized All-star set, and after I finished off my series of posts I had a few special requests for players I’d left out. Joey Votto is the last of those requests… unless I forgot someone, in which case don’t be shy about leaving a comment.

I’ll make the offer one last time… If there’s anybody you’d like to see in the 1964 Giants design, speak now or forever hold your peace.

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