After a recent custom of Mets rookie pitcher P.J. Conlon, Jeremy over at the Topps Cards That Never Were blog asked “Has anyone made a Conlon card of Conlon?”
…Meaning, of course, whether P.J. Conlon had ever been the subject of a custom card in the style of the Conlon Collection cards of the 1990’s.
I was chagrined that I never thought of this myself.
I mean, I did once put Aaron Judge on an Old Judge.
…But Conlon on a Conlon? This was a project I was definitely going to have to take on.
…but the Conlon Collection design is a bit uninteresting and largely straightforward (even if I couldn’t get the fonts quite right) so I started to think about something more challenging and appealing. I got to wondering what other similar baseball card brand and player combinations I could come up with.
There’s Cardinal Matthew Bowman on a 1951 Bowman…
…Legendary Indians pitcher Herb Score on a 1988 Score…
In a bit of a stretch, DeJong on a DeLong…
Making a custom of the 1933 DeLong set was the biggest challenge of the bunch, and the most fun as well.
I thought about making a custom of Wally Post on a Post cereal card, but then realized that Wally already *had* been on a 1962 Post card, so that took the wind out of those particular sails.
I tried my best to come up with others, but there just aren’t any Major Leaguers named “Fleer”, “Mother’s” or “Leaf”. Can anyone come up with any combos I missed?
Most of my custom efforts this week were devoted to the project I just shared, but I have certain cards I’m determined to feature each week, so let’s get to those…
For the 1988 Topps Tribute of the week, all of the players who were outstanding last week have either been on an 88T custom already or weren’t players I really wanted to feature, so I went with the A.L. Pitcher of the Month for May, Justin Verlander.
It wasn’t until this past week when I looked at the standings and saw “SEATTLE” at the top of the A.L. West that I said “Hey, the Mariners are really good this year!” So much attention has been on the World Champion Astros and the Ohtani Angels that it seemed like the Mariners came out of nowhere, even though I can see on the M’s Baseball Reference Schedule/Results Page that they’ve never been more than 3.5 games out all season.
As a result, Mariners manager Scott Servais gets this week’s Managerial custom.
As for my Mets and Orioles… well… it’s been a long season already. The Mets have lost 19 of the past 24 games, and the Orioles have lost 9 in a row and are on a pace to lose 117 games.
There’s nobody from either team’s offense which deserves any sort of commemoration this week, so I’ll feature Steven Matz and Kevin Gausman, who starting pitchers who pitched reasonably well this week.
Hopefully the coming week will feature some Mets and Orioles performances that deserve some custom commemoration.