Hot Stove: Skipping The “Saturday Morning” Narrative This Time Around…

Hopefully none of you are overly attached to the virtual Mom in these posts, nor to the stories that have gone with these posts to date… But I’m coming up dry this week, and as I skipped Christmas weekend already,  I figured getting the images out there is more important than trying to work “Mom” into this post.

I went into this Hot Stove set with a number of cereal box ideas in mind, but this one came to me just the other day, and as it worked out it was semi-inspired by another idea I’d had the day before (which we’ll probably get next weekend).  I originally feared I wouldn’t have enough cereal boxes to get through the winter without repeating myself, but I think I’ll be OK.
Bryce Krispies Cereal Box
And while I’m gently poking fun at his Bryceness, I am a Mets fan who knows all to well that this past season could’ve been very different if some Nats other than Bryce Harper had bothered to show up, or if Matt Williams had at least a passing clue as to how to handle a bullpen.

The San Francisco Giants are like the original Star Trek movies – only the even-numbered ones are any good.
2015-16 TSR Hot Stove #4 - Johnny Cueto
The original image used was from “Photo Day” last spring, and it wasn’t until after I finished the custom that I realized that Johnny Cueto is sitting on a stool, even though he’s ostensibly outdoors at AT&T Park.  I probably should’ve cropped it tighter, but I kind of like it… It seems like the kind of oversight Kellogg’s might’ve made back in the day.

If you like this next custom, you can thank Gary over at Coco Crisp’s Afro.  A couple of weeks ago he’d suggested making one of these customs with “bad airbrushing”.  I’d already had some ideas along those lines, so I mentally responded with “Challenge accepted!”
2015-15 TSR Hot Stove 76T-1a Zack Greinke
Part of the reason I chose Zack Greinke for this idea is because the D-Backs have new uniforms with this funky shoulder design-thing which I don’t know how to replicate at this point… So if one can’t do it right, do it wrong… very, very wrong.

The card design used is, of course, the 1976 Topps Traded design.

Next week’s cereal will feature another player who’s had his share of hype.  I’ve got a couple of candidates for the custom cards, but maybe I’ll be suddenly inspired by the Mets or Orioles signing a big name… or,  more likely, a former Met or Oriole signing a big contract elsewhere.

A 2018 Heritage Card Which Came To Me Through The Space/Time Rift In My Garage

As I’ve mentioned before, my garage contains a minor rift in the space/time continuum, and on occasion small objects from the future will fall through it.  Over the past couple of months, I’ve had a couple of baseball cards come through…  Here’s one that appears to be a 2018 Heritage card.

2018 Topps Heritage Bryce Harper 2
This card is both brilliant and scary at the same time.

“Brilliant” because it appears to take the replication of the 1969 Topps set to the extreme.  It wasn’t unusual for the photos used on late 1960’s cards to be several years old… and that certainly is the case here.  It’s a card from 2018, but the photo is from 2012 or 2013.

Even better, the cap is airbrushed using that minimal-effort way that was often done in the 1960’s, obscuring most of the cap behind a black, cap-shaped blob.

This card is “scary” for precisely the same reason that it’s brilliant:  It takes replication of 1969 to an extreme.  It would be disappointing as a base card, but awesome as a short-print variation.  Let’s hope the latter is the case.

How does Bryce Harper ends up as Houston’s DH?  Your guess is as good as mine.

Bryce Harper: So much for that opportunity to gouge someone…

2011 Bowman Prospects #BP1A - Bryce Harper - Courtesy of

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I’ve had this Bryce Harper card sitting out on COMC since last July.  I had the price at half of book value (which is what I often go with for the cards I’m selling) and all I’ve received over the past 9 months were lowball offers from people you knew were going to flip it and sell it for much more.  I even raised my price hoping that I’d raise the offers… but all that did was stop the lowball offers.

So today Bryce Harper makes his major league debut, and even though I saw someone on one of the blogs make a comment about how this is the time to sell his memorabilia, I didn’t think about the card I was already selling.

So what happened?  I signed on to COMC to check something unrelated and saw that someone bought this card for my asking price of $5.50 and is now selling it for $10 (which is book value).

…and this is why I’d never make a living as a card dealer.