By Popular Demand: The 1982 Donruss Rod Carew That Never Was

Yesterday I featured these two Rod Carew cards from 1992; one Topps, one Fleer, both with the same photo.

Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown commented “Someone needs to make a custom of this photo in the 1982 Donruss design to complete the trifecta.”

Gavin, I could not agree more!  Just because Donruss didn’t use the same image doesn’t mean that the photographer in question hadn’t also sold it to Donruss!

To finish off the set, here is the 1982 Donruss Rod Carew Faux Doppelganger:

Thanks for the great idea, Gavin!


We’ve Got A Call On The Request Line…

Shlabotnik Report reader FatCat47 had a request I couldn’t refuse… He wanted to know if I could do some customs of current-day stars in the style of 1982 Donruss.

…And I said “Heck, yeah!”  1982 Donruss is a set I’ve always liked in a “less is more” sort of way… especially since it was so much better than 1981 Donruss, while Fleer (which I loved in 1981) took a step backwards with their 1982 set.

I’m also going to use this as an excuse to kick off “TSRchives”, a new custom set of sorts using the templates I’ve accumulated over several years of making customs, as well as new ones like this.

2016 TSRchives 82D-6 Cole Hamels

And just to make it clear, the name is supposed to be “TSRchives” as a play on “The Shlabotnik Report” and “Archives”.  It’s not anything to do with chives.

2016 TSRchives 82D-8 Yoenis Cespedes

…And if you’re looking at these on a mobile device and the images are too small to see what that light blue thing is in the top right corner, that’s my little cartoon head from my blog’s banner.  I figure there’s no need to keep a Donruss logo there, especially if some no-good person decides to print out my images and sell them on eBay.

2016 TSRchives 82D-9 Bryce Harper

I included Bryce Harper partly because I wanted to feature a team that wasn’t in the original set (and justify my use of a not-quite-right font instead of just copying the team names from scans of the original cards).

2016 TSRchives 82D-3 Mike Trout

The Mike Trout image is the one out of these five that I don’t feel is 100% “Donrussy” since it’s from a night game.  I’m sure you can deal with it.

2016 TSRchives 82D-5 - Masahiro Tanaka

So there we go… Hope everybody enjoyed this little side trip!  I’ve got another set of requested customs in the works, and if you have any requests for customs from a set that’s within my abilities, let me know!

What’s The Matter, McFly? CHICKEN?!?

For many years I’ve had a lingering sense of shame about a gaping hole in my collection… A trio of cards that any collector from the 1980’s should have, and yet I did not.

I lived in disgrace for years, hiding my secret from other collectors for fear of being mocked, ridiculed, outcast.

But just like Marty McFly in “Back To The Future”, it took just one word to spur me into action…


…More specifically, San Diego Chicken.

I’ve always wanted these cards of The Chicken, but I never had any of them. This was despite the fact that I bought a lot of 1982 Donruss…
1982 Donruss Chicken

…and I bought some 1983 Donruss…
1983 Donruss Chicken

…and in 1984… well… I think I bought a pack. Maybe two.
1984 Donruss Chicken

It doesn’t matter. My lack of Chicken cards has been a tiny little grain of sand in my shorts for the past 30 years… but I finally broke down and bought all three from COMC.

Houston, The Chicken has landed.

We all have our “white whales”, but does anybody else have cards that they’d been meaning to get for years, but just never quite got around to?

Absolutely True (You Can’t Prove Otherwise) Trade Stories #1

Last week, I got together with some of my celebrity friends for our monthly Strat-O-Matic night… We normally do it earlier in the month, but Mike Mills had some sort of scheduling conflict… Lord knows what, it’s not like he has a whole lot going on since R.E.M. called it a day.

Anyway, towards the end of the night Rachael Leigh Cook pulled me aside and… What?  Oh, you know her, she used to be on Dawson’s Creek, she’s been in a bunch of movies and TV shows and is currently doing that TV show “Perception” with Eric McCormack…

Wait a second, here’s her 2014 Simon & Gintfunkel card…
2014 Simon & Gintfunkel Rachael Leigh Cook 2
…I really should get her to autograph one someday, it would be good trade bait.

Rachael’s not the greatest Strat player, but she brings these absolutely phenomenal potato chips from Pennsylvania. You know, kind of like the whole “craft beer” thing, but with chips. Say what you want about Pennsylvania, but those people know how to make snacks.

Anyway, Rachael brought me some cards off my wantlist, with the proviso that I share them with all of you… You know, good publicity and all that.

First off, she got me a couple of cards for my 1982 set that I’ve been working on for… Oh… 32 years and counting.
1982 Topps Ozzie Smith

1982 Topps Amos Otis

…as well as a similarly-old Oriole need…
1982 Donruss Dan Graham

This Carew gets me one step closer to the 1979 set.
1979 Topps Rod Carew
Like 1980 and 1982, 1979 falls into the category of “Yeah, I really should finish those”, but it’s far from an imperative.

Rachael knows I’m a Frank Catalanotto collector, so she got me two new additions…
2008 Topps WBC Frank Catalanotto

1996 Signature Rookies Old Judge Frank Catalanotto

And finally, I got this interesting Rookie Glossy card from 1992 Topps.
1991 Topps Glossy Rookies Sandy Alomar
Normally I like a card to show you what the player looks like – this card obviously fails that test, but it’s still a cool photo… especially for these glossy inserts, which are often just head shots.

I’ve made some other trades with the celebrities at our Strat-O-Matic Night, not to mention the charity Frisbee Golf tournament I was in over the summer. I’ll feature those in a future post.

My Arm Hurts

My arm has been bothering me lately, and since it’s the arm I “mouse with”, I figure it’s from spending too much time in front of computers.

So today I’m just going to shut up and share some assorted images of cards I bought at a recent show.

1980 Topps Carlton Fisk

1982 Donruss Lenn Sakata

1991 Stadium Club Kevin Elster

2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites George Brett

1965 Topps New York Mets