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.

2013 TSR Customs: Johnny Cueto And Dusty Baker

Last week I premiered my TSR custom design for 2013, and J.T. of The Writer’s Journey said he’d like to see some Reds. I’m always willing to suck up to a reader, so I did up a couple this past weekend.

There is no great significance to my choice of subjects; it really came down to photos which worked well with my card design.

…Of course, if you’re making a card of a Red, you can do a lot worse than featuring Johnny Cueto…
2013 TSR #125 - Johnny Cueto

I couldn’t resist making this Dusty Baker card…
2013 TSR #17 - Dusty Baker
Dusty is here for two reasons: First to emphasize that Managers have their place in 2013 TSR, but mainly because I really like this photo. I’ve never been able to pull off this level of coolness… No matter what I do, I can’t ditch my generally nerdy demeanor.

If you’d like for me to suck up to you and make a custom of your favorite team or player, just leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do.