“Hot Stove”: Lester & Shark Converge On The Windy City

One thing’s for certain, it’s going to be an interesting summer in Chicago.

Both the Cubs and the White Sox have made significant upgrades to their teams… it’s telling that both teams are each getting their second “Hot Stove” custom this winter, while the teams I want to make customs for – my Mets and Orioles – have a grand total of one between them.

The Cubs scored a major coup by getting Joe Maddon, but they also traded for Miguel Montero, signed Jason Hammel, and also made a big splash by signing Jon Lester:
2014-15 TSR Hot Stove #18 Jon Lester

Meanwhile, the White Sox signed David Robertson, Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche, while capping things off with a trade to bring Jeff Samardzija back to Chicago:
2014-15 TSR Hot Stove #19 Jeff Samardzija

There’s no question that both teams will be better in 2015… what remains to be seen is whether all these changes are enough to get past the likes of the Cardinals, Pirates, Tigers and Royals.

I just read that Max Scherzer just signed with – UGH! – the Nationals, so perhaps I should fire up my copy of Paint Shop Pro and get working on another one of these custom cards (which are based on the 1974 Kellogg’s set, I should mention).

More 2012 Heritage stuff

I’m guessing these two guys were photographed separately… compared to Verlander, Valverde looks like his chest is about 4 feet wide.

That (R) after Tigers is pretty distracting, couldn’t they have made that any smaller?

Samardzija has a sort of Three Musketeers thing going.  Yippee!  Yappee!  Yahoooooooooooey!!!!  (There’s a reference for those old enough to remember 1960’s Hanna-Barbera cartoons).

This Ianetta card looks more like a painting than many of the early Heritage cards which were supposed to look like paintings.

Some short-printed All-star rookie action.  I often sell the SP’s of players I don’t collect, but I like this one, I’ll probably hang on to it.