Look What Mom Brought Home From The Store! (’15/’16 Hot Stove #1)

It’s a great day, everybody!  It’s Saturday!

Not only is it Saturday, but Mom… Your dear, sweet, loving mother…
2013 Gintfunkel Betty Crocker 7
…Your dear, sweet, loving mother who has a side gig as Betty Crocker was in a good mood when she went shopping.

Instead of buying a case of off-brand Kashi from the wholesale club like she usually does, she came home from the store with *good* cereal.

…And not just good cereal, but good cereal with a PRIZE!
Coco Crisp Cereal Box
…And look at what it says on the front…  There’s a baseball card inside!

FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!!

Aw, man… I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what card it is… Is Mom looking?  She’s not?  Cool, I’ll dig down into the cereal to see who we got…

Check it out, it’s the card from the front the box!  Craig Kimbrel, the Red Sox’ new closer!
2015-16 TSR Hot Stove #1b - Craig Kimbrel
The Padres traded Kimbrel to Boston for a package of prospects… Time will tell how good a trade this was for both teams.

I know some of you would eat box after box of Coco Crisp cereal, but if it’s not your favorite, don’t worry. Mom bought it this week because it’s the most obvious — Um, ahhhh, I mean, she bought it because it was on sale… Yeah, that’s it.  But Mom likes to keep everybody happy, so next week I’m sure she’ll have something else.

Mom also loves you so much that if this “Mom” is not your favorite, she’d consider using her shape-shifting abilities to change into whichever mom you might want… and she’s open to suggestions… But remember, you may love Kate Upton, but KATE UPTON IS NOT YOUR MOM.

Mom thinks it’s creepy that you were even thinking that.


For the benefit of my newer readers, let me explain a little bit about my “Hot Stove” custom set…

First off, I’m weird. You likely figured that out on your own, but let me tell you one of the specific ways that I’m weird. During the offseason I get my artistic jollies by creating custom baseball cards which feature baseball players “photoshopped” into the uniforms of their new teams.

This is my fourth year of doing this set. I started off in 2012 with a modest little set based on the Bazooka sets from 1960 to 1962…
2012-13 Hot Stove #7 - Zack Greinke
My photoshopping skills were still in their early stages.

In 2013, I did another set based on the 1959 Bazooka set.
2013-14 TSR Hot Stove #8 - Ian Kinsler
I really love this 1959 design and would be collecting the original set if it weren’t such a budget-busting proposition.

Unfortunately, I find the remaining vintage Bazooka sets to be nowhere near as appealing as those two sets, so for 2014 I made the leap to creating faux 3-D cards, starting with the 1974 Kellogg’s set.
2014-15 TSR Hot Stove #5 Hanley Ramirez

I had so much fun doing the Kellogg’s “2-D Superstars” sets that I’m back this year with the 1976 Kellogg’s design.  I did a one-off cereal box in a single post last year, but then started getting ideas for others so I’m doing a series of cereal boxes this time around.

I’ve also got plans for a special “insert” set that I will use when I’m featuring an image that I did not alter, like with the unveiling of the new uniforms for the Diamondbacks and Padres.  I wanted to have a completely separate card design… You know, to make it clear that this was an image I hadn’t futzed with.  The design I’ll be using for that set is based on an obscure 1960’s sports set that I recently discovered and really like… But I expect that few of you will know this set. Intrigued yet?  I will try to get one of these inserts in next week’s box.

Team Coco, “Dandy” Throwbacks And The Guy Who Makes Me Say “Bastardo!”

Today’s customs were made for a variety of reasons…

Last week, I made an offer to make a custom for anybody who wanted to see their player on my 2014 TSR design. Gary over at Coco Crisp’s Afro leapt at the opportunity, and he requested – to nobody’s surprise – Coco Crisp.
2014 TSR #499 Coco Crisp
The deep, dark secret behind this custom… That’s a Seattle Mariner spring training batting cage in the background. Don’t tell Coco.

…and that offer still stands for everybody, all you have to do is ask.  Disclaimer:  I can only do these if there are images available to use.  Just as an example, I’ve got a post that’s waiting on a decent photo of Shlabotnik favorite Nolan Reimold in a Blue Jays uniform.

Moving right along, dubby dub, dubby dub…

Every time I see this Phillies pitcher enter a game, I clench my fist, narrow my eyes and bitterly exclaim “Bastardo!” in my best Telenovela voice.

2014 TSR #154 Antonio Bastardo

I don’t have anything against Antonio Bastardo, I just like to say his name that way.  I also promised a Bastardo! custom to Jim over at The Phillies Room.

This past Friday, the Orioles commemorated their 60th anniversary by wearing 1954 throwback uniforms. I’ve never been one to let some perfectly good throwbacks go to waste, so rather than spending my time being a productive member of society (or my household), I created a relatively quick throwback custom in the style of a 1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chip card.
2014 TSR 1954-1 Chris Tillman

For those of you who don’t recognize the name “Dan-Dee” but think the card looks familiar, this basic design was used for 2005 Fleer Tradition.

Finally, I wanted to give a little attention to Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph.

For those of you who don’t follow the O’s, Caleb Joseph is a 28-year-old rookie in his 7th year of professional baseball. When Matt Wieters went out for the season, Joseph got called up and was given a chance to prove himself at the Major League level.
2014 TSR #512 Caleb Joseph
He got off to a slow start with the bat, but Joseph has gotten hot and has homered in 5 straight games. I think that more than qualifies him for a custom.