“Hot Stove”: Catchers In Cars Getting Coffee

Even though I’m not a huge “Holiday Person”, I’ve still been very busy the past week or two. Everything’s been conspiring to keep me from things I really should be doing, like cleaning up the garage, organizing that file cabinet drawer, fixing leaky faucets…

…and most egregiously, making customs! I haven’t made one in nearly two weeks! *GASP*!!!!!

Fortunately for everybody involved, I had a couple in reserve, including one that features this winter’s first big splash, Russell Martin signing with the Blue Jays. Martin got a write-in vote or two when I ran a “Who should I do next?” poll, and if anyone was wondering why he wasn’t in the poll in the first place, it’s because I’d already created this custom, I just hadn’t published it.
2014-15 TSR Hot Stove #9 Russell Martin
For some reason, I always forget that Russell Martin is Canadian and his going to Toronto is a homecoming of sorts.

I made the Hot Stove Martin about a month ago, and the fact that it was something of a pain to accomplish is the only thing keeping me from re-doing this one. I’m not happy with the way the background “sells” the 3-D, and there’s a mistake on here that seems glaring to me, but I might have to point out to anybody else.

“Hey, everybody! Check out this custom I made but don’t like!”

As compensation for my kvetching, I’ll feature another custom, one that could be regarded as an “insert” to this set.

A while ago I ran across an image of Jerry Seinfeld wearing a Mets jersey, and I filed it away knowing that I’d use it at some point.

Today, that point has come.
2014-15 TSR Hot Stove #7 Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld is a huge Mets fan and seems like the kind of guy that any baseball fan would like to hang out with at a game, so it seems appropriate to put him on a baseball card, even just a virtual one.

And with that, The Shlabotnik Report brings 2014 to a close. I’d like to wish everybody a happy and healthy year in 2015!

This Weirds ME Out, And I’m Not Even A Twins Fan

Justin Morneau in a Pirates uniform? Say it ain’t so!!!
2013 TSR #750 - Justin Morneau

I know he’s going to be a free agent at the end of the year and for all we know he could be wearing an Astros cap next year, but for now this is just… odd.  Extremely odd.

For what it’s worth – and it’s not worth very much at all – Morneau is the first card from the 6th and final series of 2013 TSR cards.  As one of the biggest names traded before the 8/31 deadline, he gets the semi-coveted card #750.  I gave some thought to putting some sort of “TRADED” banner on the card, but I wasn’t sure how I’d want to implement one, so I just let it slide.

While I was preparing this card, I found that I had two unpublished custom cards that had been sitting in my folder for a month or two… and strangely enough, the two cards are for a Twin and a Pirate.

2013 TSR #222 - Pedro Florimon

These both fell into the category of “Oh, I gotta use that photo”.

2013 TSR #478 - Russell Marti

This card is a cool action shot and it features Eric Young, Jr., who is one of the finalists for “My Favorite Met of 2013”.