Two Weeks Of Customs: What Is And What Should Never Be

I normally feature a week’s worth of customs which were originally out on Twitter ( #DailyTSRcustom ) but the holidays threw me off of my schedule, so…

Here’s another mashup of my customs and 1975 Topps, featuring the MVP’s of 2016, Mike Trout and Kris Bryant. The general idea of the design was to have a foul pole as one border and the team name on the ‘outfield wall’, but I never felt like people ‘got it’. I’m not 100% satisfied with the execution, but I still like the concept.


Detroit captain Dylan Larkin was named the NHL’s 1st star for the week of Dec 13-19; Larkin had 5 goals and 2 assists, including his first career hat trick in a game against the Devils.

My hockey customs have slowed down with all the cancellations for the season… I was planning to do Olympic Hockey customs in the style of 1975/76 Topps, but with the NHL pulling out I’ll probably save that design for some other project.

The Athletics have formally named Mark Kotsay as their manager.   Kotsay was the team’s 3rd base coach in 2021 and held other coaching positions in the 6 years before that.

Another 1975 Topps MVP mashup featuring 2017 MVP’s Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Altuve



This design was a mixed bag; it looked good with the colors I’d assigned to certain teams, but as I started to add teams I realized there were… um… issues.  The design looked pretty good with the teams I’d started out doing, but as I went into other teams/colors I realized some of them were pretty ugly. Since then I create a lot more ‘proofs’ before I make a new design public.

Javier Baéz signed a 6-year contract with the Detroit Tigers. As a Mets fan I still don’t know what to think of this (although “Hell, I don’t know” has become my take on a lot of things lately)

A third mashup featuring 2018 MVP’s Mookie Betts and Christian Yelich. This design might be the one that went through the most changes during the time I was developing it, but I’m happy with the end result


A friend of mine bemoaned the lack of manual transmissions in new cars outside of expensive performance models. I suggested the upcoming Nissan Z as an affordable car with a manual, but I don’t think she’s going for it

Kendall Graveman had a 0.82 ERA over 30 games with the Mariners last year before being traded to Houston before the deadline. He made 9 postseason appearances and signed as a free agent with the White Sox.

Another Seattle Kraken custom… Ryan Donato, whose father Ted also played in the NHL, signed with the Kraken after playing for the Bruins, Wild and Sharks


For no real reason, here’s Led Zeppelin performing “What Is And What Should Never Be” at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970

8 thoughts on “Two Weeks Of Customs: What Is And What Should Never Be

  1. Heard a rumor that the Supra will finally be available with a manual transmission. We’ll see. Just like I’m excited to see how Kotsay does as the A’s manager. Not an easy gig.

  2. The cards at the top are nice don’t need city if you got team name. The 2nd with marlins & astros both team & players names chopped off, would like color strips covering both names. I like the 3rd much better except for the inner frame on player. I also the Led Zeppelin title for this article.

    • LOL You’re picking on deliberate choices I made in all three cases. :-)

      The chopping off of names was what I was going for, although it didn’t work quite as nice as it looked in my head. I meant for the text to “bleed” into the background. I still think it could work, but it didn’t really here.

  3. I have to admit I didn’t recognize the foul pole & outfield wall when I first skimmed those cards but when I read that 2nd paragraph, I thought that was an incredibly great concept. I’ve seen foul poles and outfield walls practically my whole life and it never occurred to me that they could be card elements. Perhaps you might add a thin outline to the yellow foul pole (to make the pole stand out more). Netting on the foul pole would be good too if you don’t mind a slightly smaller photo. As for the outfield wall, wouldn’t it be cool if you could use a photo of each team’s actual outfield wall? That might be easier said than done.

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