Although I haven’t shared my 2020 SAC FLY customs here a whole lot, I’ve been making a bunch of them for my own enjoyment. The more of these I make, the more I realize that the pandemic will have a significant affect on what cards will look like next year.
For starters, some of the players are wearing masks while on the field. I try to avoid using those shots because I like my customs to show what a player looks like, but it does limit the photo selection for those players (and because of that, I’m having trouble finding decent on-field images of managers and coaches).
As I’d mentioned in a previous post, a lot of the photos are taken from the stands, looking down on the players.
(FYI, Brock Holt was released by the Brewers and just signed with the Nationals)
There’s a lot of samey-same to the photos of pitchers, it seems more so than in recent years… and for those of you who didn’t realize, Madison Bumgarner has not appeared on a Topps card since 2017 (presumably he let his contract ran out), so if you want a card of him in a Diamondbacks uniform that hasn’t been digitally altered, you’ll have to call in a favor with your custom-making buddies.
Like I said, samey-same photos, especially for relievers and the back end of the rotation.
You may not have noticed that the three colored boxes on my customs is complemented by text in three different colors. I really like the way this looks, but it’s frankly a pain when you’re trying to crank out a bunch of customs.
Because of the samey-sameness, I’ve been using photos which aren’t necessarily great photos, but are at least different.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see photos from the truncated 2020 Spring Training in 2021 sets (I probably should’ve spent more time messing with the brightness on this photo, but I’ve got chores to get to today)
So that’s a few things that might be coming our way next year.
Before I go away, I have an unofficial policy of featuring customs for anyone who throws a no-hitter in 2020. Lucas Giolito struck out 13 Pirates in throwing a no-no a few days ago…
This custom was actually created back in May, so the photo is obviously not from the no-hitter.
Across the Pacific, Yasuhiro Ogawa no-hit the Yokohama DeNA BayStars two weeks ago. This photo is also not from the no-hitter but as I mentioned when I tweeted this custom, I really like this jersey.
I don’t want KBO fans to feel left out, so I’ll close things out with a familiar face for fans of the Twins, as well as anyone who was buying up rookie cards in 2016…