Now that the World Series is over, now that Koji Uehara and some guys beat Carlos Beltran and some other guys …which is largely what the World Series ended up being for me… now that the Postseason is over, we can get on with the business of the offseason… Manager hirings can get announced, awards can be awarded, free agents can be free and so on.
With all the offseason movement will come my 2nd annual “Hot Stove” custom set, which I previewed back in September… but before we get to that, I need to put my regular “TSR” set to bed for another year and start looking forward to 2014.
A lot of the customs I made this year ended up being a case of “Oh, that photo will work really well with my design”. Having the team name at the top and behind the player’s head, bat, glove, etc. made for a theme in and of itself.
I’m far enough along with next year’s design to know that “Photos which go with the design” won’t be anywhere near as much of a factor next year. That being said, I kinda liked having a theme to the cards I made, and I’d like to carry that forward in some other way.
I could always do players from my favorite teams (Mets and Orioles), but I honestly like making at least one card for every team; I think it makes it more fun for me and for you.
I could also do something along the lines of a “Player Of The Week”, which wouldn’t necessarily be the best player of the week, but more the player about whom I have something to say.
I’m sure I’ll figure it out. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment, I’d love to hear what you think!
Speaking of having something to say, I have something to say about the last three customs…
I made this Jim Leyland custom in the middle of September, mainly to make sure that I had a Tigers custom in my “inventory”. Little did I know it would be Leyland’s final custom (sniff).
Mrs. Shlabotnik looooooooooves Brian Roberts, and I would be ill-advised to ignore that fact when making customs… especially when he’s going to be a free agent. I truly hope that he and the Orioles can come to some sort of incentive-laden agreement; it would be too weird to see Brian in another uniform.
Finally, a sort of tradition I’ve established is to make a custom of “myself” which truly embodies the unique blend of grace, skill and sheer athleticism that I bring to any sport.
…and that’s a wrap for the 2013 TSR set! I hope you’ve all enjoyed them, and I hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!