2021 TSR Daily: Still Catching Up, But Also Olympics and Hockey

I’m still catching up on customs after the week I missed on the blog, plus have a few “inserts” and other customs at the end.

So let’s dive into a “Jumbo Pack” of 2021 TSR Daily custom cards (called “Daily” because I Tweet out a custom each day #2021TSRDaily )

The Braves signed Charlie Morton as a free agent last November; his 10-4 record and 148 strikeouts indicates that it was money well spent.

Matt Harvey’s been hit or miss this season, to put it mildly. After the all-star break he pitched 21.2 consecutive shutout innings before giving up a run. Three of those starts were wins… but overall he’s 6-10 with a 6.13 ERA

Nicky Lopez is tied for the AL Triples lead with 5, and leads the Royals in batting average (.277) and on-base percentage (.351)

Josh Rojas, who has played 14+ games at 4 different positions in 2021, leads the D-Backs in on-base % (.356) and walks (44). He came from the HOU org in the 2019 Zack Greinke trade

Last week Joey Votto was named NL Player of the Week (7 HR, 11 RBI, .375/.448/1.250) and Player of the Month (7-game HR streak, 11 HR, 25 RBI, .319/.440/.734). It was the first time in his career that Votto was named Player of the Month

Dane Dunning, who has been part of trades for Adam Eaton and Lance Lynn, was a first round pick in 2016

Reliever and occasional starter Andrew Kittredge was named to his first All-Star team this year. It’s interesting to compare his 2019 and 2021 seasons, because the GP and IP are similar, but the ERA drops from 4.17 to 1.38 and the WHIP drops from 1.250 to 0.885

Mitch Haniger leads the Mariners in runs, triples, homers and slugging % and is top 3 in nearly every major offensive category, with the exception of steals (he stole his first base at the end of July). He was the AL Player of the Week, July 12 – 18.

Jose Altuve was named an All-Star for the seventh time. He leads the Astros with 25 homers and 81 runs.

Triston McKenzie has had his struggles this year, but the top Indians prospect is expected to be a part of the team’s rotation going forward.

I think this “Highlights” custom catches me up on the no-hitters, even though this isn’t the most recent no-hitter.  It seems like a long time ago that Corey Kluber shut down the Rangers

OK, now onto some of the other sports… I’ve been busy with the customs lately.

Because I can’t help myself with some of these things, I had the idea of doing some customs of Olympic baseball, and since the Olympics were in Tokyo it seemed like I should use a Japanese design.  I settled on 1993 BBM, even if it is very ProSet, because I like the design and because I didn’t want to spend *too* much time on it.

Eddy Alvarez, for those who didn’t know, is just the third American to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.  Back in 2014 he won Silver in a speed skating competition, and just this weekend he was part of the USA baseball team that won Silver.  Alvarez was also one of two flag bearers in the opening ceremonies.

For those of you who are not familiar with 1993 BBM Baseball, here’s an example

My original plan was to replace the team flag on the original with the national flag of each baseball team… but I later decided to make this set cover a few other sports, so I ditched the flags and went with the pictograms representing each sport at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

I first decided to do other sports after getting sucked into a handball match between Denmark and Egypt. I didn’t have a dog in the fight going into the game, but Denmark made more of an impression on me… Especially Mikkel Hanson, who is one of the world’s top handball players but also has a strong “Thor” thing going. Let’s get him together with Noah Syndergaard!

Along with getting interested in Handball, I was – very much to my surprise – drawn in to watching a women’s basketball game between Japan and France. Now I’ve tried and failed to get into basketball in the past, but the Japanese team just intrigued me. For starters, nobody on the team is taller than 6’1″.  Yeah, that’s not totally surprising for Japan, but it is unusual for basketball.  They compensate for it by being fast, accurate from the foul line and by sinking a lot of threes.  I watched them wear down France in the semi-finals, but the USA team was too much for them in the finals.  Even so, nobody expected them to win Silver, and no Japanese womens basketball team had medaled before

During the semis against France, point guard Rui Machida set an Olympic womens record with 18 assists in one game.  Ideally I’d create a custom of her passing the ball, but I came across this shot of a layup and just liked it too much.

I’ve got one more Olympic card, but for reasons you’ll understand in a moment, I want to share this hockey custom first.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m making another attempt to follow the NHL, and this time I’m hitching my wagon to the expansion Seattle Kraken.  Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was signed as a free agent before the expansion draft, and his signing counted as their expansion draft pick from the Dallas Stars.  Oleksiak was in-person at the expansion draft, which is where this image comes from.

For the ‘card back’ I was going to go with a generic cartoon but then I found out that Jamie’s sister Penny Oleksiak is an Olympic swimmer and that made for an obvious cartoon to draw for the back.

And that brings us to the third and final Olympic custom…  Penny Oleksiak won four medals at the 2016 Rio games, which made her the first Canadian to win four medals at an Olympic Games.  She won three more in Tokyo to make her the Canadian athlete with the most Olympic medals.

I had to fudge things a little on the bottom of this one, since the originals have the uniform number and the position.  Also, it was not a creative choice to have “CANADA” in white and “[SWIMMING]” in black.  That was, if you don’t mind some technical terminology, a mistake.

OK, that’s more than enough for one post.  There will be more of all of these next week.

6 thoughts on “2021 TSR Daily: Still Catching Up, But Also Olympics and Hockey

  1. Really hope Matt Harvey gets a spot in Topps Update this year. I’ve always liked him and I’m still saddened and shocked by how quickly he fell off the cliff. I’m not a huge Olympics guy, but I watched a little bit of handball the other day. Pretty interesting despite the fact I had little to no understanding of what was going on!

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