It’s time for another virtual pack of my 2021 TSR Daily custom card set… if you’re wondering why it’s called “Daily”, that’s because I Tweet out a custom each day (#2021TSRDaily) and then share them here each week, sort of like opening a pack.
This past week has been a busy one for me, so this is going to be a quick post with no inserts… but it does include a “promo card” for another project I’m working on.
Andrés Giménez, one of the key pieces obtained by the Indians in the trade which sent Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the Mets, is the starting shortstop in Cleveland.
I saw both Lindor and Giménez when they played in the minors and both made an impression on me at the time, so for me this trade was also a “trade” between my collections… Lindor goes from Player Collection to Mets Collection and vice versa for Giménez.
There was a bit of a hoo-hah this past week after Topps announced that the Cavan Biggio card on the Heritage base card checklist (#216) doesn’t actually show up in packs of Heritage (but a French Language parallel and a mini *can* be pulled from packs). I wanted to make sure I didn’t also “forget” to include Biggio, so here is his custom.
Here’s your fun Biggio fact: After 161 Major League games, the only positions he hasn’t played is pitcher, catcher and shortstop. …And, oh, yeah… he’s the son of HOFer Craig Biggio, in case you didn’t know.
It appears that Heritage inserts are printed in advance of the base set, so the Biggio “variations but not base” situation isn’t that strange. I know that in 2014 Heritage, the base Curtis Granderson card has him photoshopped into a Mets jersey, but the black-bordered parallel shows him with the Yankees (his team in 2013). I’m pretty sure there are other examples, but this is the one I’m familiar with (and I thought I had a scan of these cards, but apparently not… and sorry, I’m doing this post on the fly so I don’t have time to scan it now).
Dylan Bundy lead the Angels in Wins and K’s last year and was the Angels’ Opening Day starter. For what it’s worth, he was also one of two former Orioles (along with Kevin Gausman) who started on Opening Day. Neither pitched as well as John Means, who started for the O’s and beat the Red Sox.
In 2019 Sandy Alcantara was the Marlins All-Star representative and lead the league with 2 shutouts. He was the Marlins’ Opening Day starter and got a no-decision.
Two-time All-Star Alex Bregman currently leads the league in home runs, as if that means anything at this point. I chose this image because I liked Bregman’s hop, but I think I cropped it a bit too tightly for the hopping to be clear. Maybe I’ll change that for the Factory Set (Yes, this *is* a joke)
On a personal note, I’ve finally gotten past the point where I had wanted to spell his name as “Bergman”.
José Berríos, a 2-time All-Star, pitched 6 no-hit innings before being pulled by manager Rocco Baldelli. The Twins took a combined no-hitter into the 8th and ended up with a one-hitter.
Last year Brandon Lowe lead the Rays in runs, hits, homers and RBI.
I tweeted this next one on April Fool’s Day, as it seemed kind of fitting.
For a number of years now, whenever I run across an image that seems ridiculous or somewhat embarrassing for the subject, I’ll make a custom out of it and list the player as “Joe Shlabotnik”. I guess you’d call it a tradition after all this time.
Promo card time: I’ve been slowly working on a custom set for Curling, the Olympic sport which is far more popular in Canada than here in the US. Right now the Men’s World Championships are underway and the skip for Team Canada is Brendan Bottcher (who was, at the time I made this custom, representing the province of Alberta in the Canadian championships).
Incidentally, the design comes from the 1965 Topps Canadian Football League set which, of course, was only issued in Canada… but I really like the design, it’s got a cool old-school design which lends itself to doing modern stuff. I’d used this design a few years ago as part of a “Hot Stove” set between baseball seasons.
OK, that’s the pack for this week. I hope that you’re having better luck than I am at getting real packs to rip.