Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Hobby in 1910 Part 3

It's 1910 in New York. You're 11 years old and you're as hot as a floozy on a Friday night.

New York Public Library - Courtesy
Your favorite club, the New York Highlanders, is on the road playing the Philadelphia Athletics. You're wishing for a good game from your hero, Hal Chase, but right now all you can think about is the sweat pooling in your knickers.

As you walk down the street you find a few of your pals outside of the grocery. Mr Heinrich has set out a few blocks of ice for the children to lick! You catch up and join them. 

Mr Heinrich knows about your collection since he's been helping you with it all summer. He calls you over and hands you a new card from his fresh pack of Hassan's. "Here you are boy, I do not think you have this one." Oh boy! You sure don't! You thank Mr Heinrich and run home to add "Dude of the Village" to your set. 

Welcome back to 2014. Dude of the Village is one of the more simple cards in the T73 set, but it's also one of the most colorful.The detail that went into painting the "Dude" is marvelous. It's a wild imagination of what an Indian may have worn and probably isn't accurate, but it would have blown the mind of a city kid in 1910. Look at how silly he looks with cotton in his hair and an entire freaking wing in his hand! The woman sitting in the teepee looks like a 1970's modern woman in slacks and a button up shirt. 

In other words, he's a pimp without any street cred. Very few tribes practiced scalping until the late 1800's. Only then did it become more common as an intimidation and revenge tactic. Often times there were rewards for white men who killed Indians and to collect the reward they brought back scalps. The artist has done a good job at portraying the "Dude" in a very feminine way, a subtle method of racist propaganda. That said, this card is still absolutely stunning even after 104 years.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Set COMPLETED - 2013 Gypsy Queen Minis

I can't remember why I started the 2013 Gypsy Queen mini set. At one point I had so many of them that I figured, "Why not?" It became an obsession. The 2013 GQ SP's were randomly #'d, not sequentially like they are this year. They were extremely hard to find, I found 2 to 3 of the black parallels #'d to 199 for every base mini SP. Work has begun on the 2014 Gypsy Queen mini set, but it'll be tough to fervor up the energy to get it done. Either way, putting together this set was actually a lot of fun! Enjoy!

Note: You'll notice this isn't a "true" set. Some of the minis are color parallels and some are the hobby box alternates. I don't know if that makes it a frankenset, but work with what you've got.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gypsy Queen Trade Bait - Minis Wanted!

I've decided not to pursue the master set for 2014 Gypsy Queen due to the fact that I don't like it. I am going to chase to the mini base set because mini sets are a helluva lot of fun. I just finished up the 2013 GQ Mini set and I felt pretty triumphant.

That said, I've got some SP's, inserts and tons of GQ base to trade away in exchange for minis! Here's a taste:

My scanner did some weird autocropping. I hate my scanner.
SP's: #315, 325, 326, 336, 341, 342, 343


Here are the minis I HAVE, anything else I need
#7,14,29,32,34,48,67,74, 75 ,76, 78, 100, 105, 117, 133, 135, 142, 145, 146, 152, 156, 157, 167, 179, 183, 184, 187, 197, 203, 204, 213, 242, 248, 252, 261, 275, 276, 278, 279, 285, 312, 314, 316, 325, 330

Let me know what your base needs are. I have around 400 base cards.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Hobby in 1910 Part 2

The Hobby in 1910 Part 1

Welcome back to 1910. It's been a long morning in Chicago as you roam the street corners hawking papers.

You hope to sell off the rest of your stack in time to head down to the park and hear the rest of the game. Your hero, Joe Tinker, has been on fire over the last week.

With a little luck you're able to sneak into West Side Grounds before the game even starts! You find a seat in the bleachers and set in to watch the game.

The man sitting next to you opens a pack of cigarettes. You politely ask for the card and are handed a beauty. It's been a good morning. 

Welcome back to 2014. You're looking at "Calling Back the Elk", another gem from (T73) Hassan Cigarette's Indian Life in the '60's tobacco card set. There is so much to appreciate about this card from an artistic standpoint. The color is absolutely gorgeous even after 104 years. I can't emphasize enough how high quality these cards were for the time. It's not unrealistic to think that manufacturing the cards may have been more expensive than the pack of cigarettes they came with. 1910 was a big year for tobacco cards and Hassan was printing "Topps Chrome" compared to most companies who were more on par with "Topps Opening Day".

If you think too hard about this card, it's actually pretty sad. What the "white man" saw as a silly superstition was likely a religious act performed by a desperate Indian tribe who had lost their lifeline due to slaughter for sport by the new Americans. One of the most glaring inaccuracies of this set is that it lumps all Indians into one. In reality there were thousands of separate tribes with unique languages and religions, many that are now lost to time. At one time, elk could be found in every corner of the United States. Today they are limited to the Rocky Mountains and the Northwest US. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Custom Alex Gordon Allen & Ginter

I'm no graphic designer, but I do have Photoshop and I enjoy playing around. I finally built up the courage to make an Allen & Ginter style card. There are a TON of quality custom designers in the blogosphere, and I'd really appreciate some feedback on what I can do to improve it. I went with a straight Dragan effect on the player image, but it didn't really give me the look I wanted. All feedback is appreciated!

Edit: Here's a Molina draft too