Archive for December 2010

The fragile design of 1983 Topps – Featuring Joakim Soria   Leave a comment

I posted this Joakim Soria 1983 Topps design a few days ago. I think it is the strongest looking card I have put up on the site. If you are familiar with the 1983 design you know that all cards are portrait style(no sideways shots) and the circles vary from right to left. I’m not sure if there is a method to which card got the inset picture on the right or left or if it was completely random.

I wanted to do a set of 1983 Topps for the Kansas City Royals so I made a design with the circle on each side. I took it one step further and made a sideways design for 1983 Topps. It didn’t work. I thought trying this worked well with 1980 Topps set I did. They looked nice as a sideways desgin. 1983 simply doesn’t.

I have put examples of 4 Joakim Soria 1983 Topps cards above. One I love, one that is almost as good, one that looks weak and one that is terrible. I used the same pictures to illustrate these four cards. If I had chosen different picture they might have fit the sideways cards better. The picture is not the only issue with them however. It also has way too much white space in the middle under the main picture. I could eliminate this by moving the name on one line and team and position on another line but then I am changing the card design all together.

I like to come up with a landscape design for my cards because it really opens up the options for pictures that I can use, which can be very troublesome to find at times. This design however will have to stick to the basics.

Posted December 29, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in 1983 Topps Kansas City Royals

Cracker – The first music post   Leave a comment

I have posted several cards on the site and it is about time I posted about music.

Cracker is a band that is criminally under-rated. They have a strong following, appropriately called crumbs. They are a fiercely loyal fanbase that keeps the band moving forward. David Lowery is the lead singer and has a great worpress blog: 300 Songs It is great for any music fan, whether they like Cracker or not. I strongly encourage anyone to read the blog and especially buy the records associated with the band.

The core of Cracker is David Lowery, also of Camper Van Beethoven, and Johnny Hickman. Johnny is one of the more approachable musicians I have ever met, David is a little more distant. Johnny has always been willing and excited to talk to fans from my experiences.They are a great live band and are worth the money every time.

Cracker - Govt. Issue cd cover

Cracker put out a self released greatest hits sometime in 2010. I was able to pick it up and get it autographed at a show in Kansas City in July.

What’s missing from this picture? Johnny Hickman’s signature. That is Camper Van Beethoven guitarist Greg Lisher’s signature in the bottom right hand corner. Johnny wasn’t at the show and Greg filled in admirably. It wasn’t quite the same without Johnny but it still was a great show. Signatures from the top left read: Sal Maida, Frank Funaro, David Lowery and Greg Lisher.

Posted December 27, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Uncategorized

1983 Topps Joakim Soria   Leave a comment

1983 Topps Joakim Soria

Here’s one I am pretty damn proud of. 1983 Topps was a great design. A great clean looking card, one of only a few sets to use and inset picture on the front of the card. I like the colors as well a nice mixture of light blue and a purplish blue with plenty of white to balance it out. The inset picture is normally something I don’t like much. I don’t like the 1984 Topps design near as much as the 83 design. It had the inset picture as well but it was square along with square lettering and led to a very clunky looking card. In contrast, 1983 Topps is a smooth design. Another interesting thing about this set is that the mugshot picture varied on different cards; it would sometimes be on the left and sometimes be on the right.

I have used Soria as my model for many of the card designs because he is a Royal and will be a Royal for at least a little longer it appears. I knew Zack was on the way and didn’t use him, and there are plenty of nice pictures of Soria as well. He is also one of my favorite all-time Royals. I saw him in person when he had his really good stuff and it was one of the impressive things I have ever seen on a baseball field.

Overall, good pictures, good looking card and a really impressive result. Look for a complete “2010 Royals Roster” set for 1983 Topps like I did with the 1980 set.

Posted December 23, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Random Royals

Goodbye to Greinke   Leave a comment

Time for a little winter cleanup, Greinke is gone. I’m angry about it right now, so I am cleaning out the closet. Here are three Topps cards I have made already. They likely could be the last for quite a while.

Posted December 20, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Random Royals

Chiefs Win! = New Chiefs Cards!   Leave a comment

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The Chiefs beat the Rams today so as promised, here is a Chiefs set. 1985 Topps football by Topps is a very simple card, one of only a few black bordered cards. Not a great looking set but a nice clean look to the cards. One of the easiest sets I have re-created.

Posted December 19, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Uncategorized

The George Brett Card That Never Was…   2 comments

1993 Donruss was a great looking set; nice white border, simple design, nice pictures, full color team what was missing? How about a George Brett card?

The 1993 Donruss set contained a whopping 792 cards and 28 Kansas City Royals cards, but did not feature the Hall of Fame Royals legend. The set would have came out after the 1992 baseball season, admittingly a down season for Brett; he batted .285 with 7 homers and 61 RBIs, for Brett’s standards anyway. He even played the next season so I see no good reason Brett wasn’t in the set. Donruss even made a card of him the next year in 1994.

To try to rectify the situation I have made a custom card for George Brett for the 1993 Donruss set.


George Brett 1993 Donruss

The missing George Brett 1993 Donruss card.

Posted December 18, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Random Royals

1980 Topps Royals: Pitchers; Soria, Meche, Tejada…   1 comment

Here are the rest of the pitchers. It’s a shame that Soria gets lumped in with Greg Holland and Phillip Humbar but I wanted to finish posting these and start getting other cards up. I only have one to post from this set, Ned Yost. Saving the best for last I guess. I will post it along with my three favorite cards from the set.

Posted December 18, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in 1980 Topps Royals set

Drew Bledsoe 1981 Topps Custom Card   Leave a comment

Drew Bledsoe 1981 Topps

Drew Bledsoe 1981 Topps custom card

A few days ago I posted a 1981 Topps Matt Cassel, here is a 1981 Topps version of another quarterback. Drew Bledsoe was always one of my favorite football players. His likeness will appear on this site from time to time. I will make a few more football cards soon. If the Chiefs win on Sunday I will force myself to do a set of them and get them posted by Monday.

Posted December 17, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Football Cards

1980 Topps Royals Starting Pitchers: Greinke, Hochevar, O’Sullivan, Davies   Leave a comment

Posted December 16, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in 1980 Topps Royals set

1980 Topps Royals: Mitch Maier, Jarrod Dyson and Gregor Blanco   Leave a comment

Posted December 15, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in 1980 Topps Royals set