Archive for December 2010

1980 Topps Royals: Wilson Betemit, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas   Leave a comment

Three more from the set. Gordon goes up again here with the third basemen. Rest of the the outfielders to follow.

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

1980 Topps Royals: Middle Infield, Mike Aviles, Chris Getz, Yuniesky Betancourt   Leave a comment

On this post I should talk a bit about pictures. I try to get pictures I like and think are cool. I also try to get odd pictures that are memorable. This criteria will suffer from lack of selection, especially on players like Chris Getz who are difficult to find cards of. This Chris Getz picture is great, I think all three of these are phenomenal pictures. I will pick my favorites from the set after they are all posted.

I posted the middle infielders as well as the first basemen today because I printed the cards today and are really happy with the way they look. I cut them to card size, 3.5” x 2.5”, and put them in my card album. They don’t have backs but I put them back to back in the binder so you don’t notice. All together I came up with 27 cards. The 27th being Manager Ned Yost because I wanted to keep the set in multiples of 9 so they would fit nicely in binder pages.

I printed them on a nice thick cardstock so they have the feel of a baseball card which I think really helps in the illusion of imagining it is a real set. I will get a couple more groups of cards up tomorrow to try to get the whole set on the site. That will push me to move on to the next set I make. I have made several templates including 92 Fleer, 84 Donruss, 81 Topps football, 71 Topps, 77 topps and couple years from the 60s too. I could easily make a set of any of designs.

I am not going to make Royals sets for each one. I imagine a whole Chiefs set can’t be far off. I also have a couple of my favorite players that will make an appearance soon.  I will probably do a few “concept” sets as well. The one I have been thinking of doing is picking a card design and trying to make a set of all Royals Catchers or something along those lines.

I am going to make a concious effort to do cards other than Royals and Chiefs but I just won’t be too excited about making cards of Derek Jeter of some other hated player.

In fact: right now as the blog is only a few days old I am going to install a “NO YANKEES” policy. No Yankee custom cards will appear on this site unless it is something like a Yankee giving up Damon’s grand slam or Luis Gonzalez’s walk off hit in the world series. The first rule of custom card club is the Yankees suck!

Posted December 14, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in 1980 Topps Royals set

1984 Donruss Zack Greinke, Gil Meche and Luke Hochevar   2 comments

This is a tribute to 1984 Donruss, along with 1971 Topps, one of my favorite sets of all time. I did three of the Royals pitchers for now. This is probably a set I will finish out at some point. I figure I should do as many Greinke cards as I can while he is still wearing a Royals hat.

Posted December 14, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Random Royals

1980 Topps Royals First Basemen: Billy Butler, Kila Ka’aihue and Eric Hosmer   Leave a comment

The Royals have potential to have a logjam at first base in the near future. Butler, Ka’aihue and Hosmer are the three closest right now.  Here they are 1980 Topps style.

Posted December 14, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in 1980 Topps Royals set

1981 Topps Matt Cassel custom card   Leave a comment

Matt Cassel, quarterback for the Chiefs, custom 1981 Topps card

1981 Topps was just a year I chose at random. I wanted to do a football card and since the Chiefs showed how valuable Matt Cassel is on Sunday in San Diego(31-0) I thought I would do a card of him.

1981 Topps is of course best known for being Joe Montana’s rookie card. Until I re-created the card, I never realized how intricate the design actually is. I especially like the way to Topps logo is integrated into the card design (see top right corner.) I can’t say I am too fond of the flagpole in the bottom left hand corner however. I think it might have worked better without that totally.  Overall the card design has nice colors and has a nice clean look to it. I think the picture really fits well with the card design as well. As my first football card design, I am very pleased with it.

Posted December 13, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Uncategorized

The ex-Royals 1971 set from 2009   Leave a comment

Last year I did a Kansas City Royals card set as well. I did 1971 Topps; my favorite card design of all time. Many of the players are already gone, some for the best, I’m looking at you Jose Guillen. It looks like I did 22 cards. Of those 22, 13 are gone. That leaves only 9 current players I did, keep in mind this was just last year I believe.

It seems you never know how bad some of your players are until they are gone, I’m looking at you Mike Jacobs. Ah, Mike Jacobs, one of three DH’s the Royals carried that year. Luckily Billy Butler learned to play first out of necessity. Of the former players there are a couple I really wish we had back. Either Miguel Olivo or John Buck would both be an improvement over Kendall offensively. David Dejesus of course is a player Royals fans will miss.

Here is a sampling of the 22 cards. I am going to post all the players that have since left. I will probably re-do the rest of the set to fit the current roster. I know everyone wants to see that Jesse Chavez card.

Posted December 13, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Random Royals

1980 Topps Royals: Catchers   Leave a comment

Here is the Royals catchers for the 1980 set. It should be interesting to see what happens at catcher for the Royals after Kendall is done with the team in 2011. One of the many uncertain positions in KC. There is hope for the future.

Posted December 13, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in 1980 Topps Royals set

Alex Gordon 1980 Topps   2 comments

Alex Gordon 1980 Topps custom card

I have decided to post a custom card on the blog to show what I’m working on. I am starting with Alex Gordon the hope of the Royals who has yet to give the Royals a lot of hope. Nonetheless, he may be one of the better players on a bad team. But I digress.

I have done the entire Royals team with the 1980 card design. This is just the first post of one. First of all let me just say to any card enthusiasts that I know; 1980 Topps had no sideways cards. Look how nice they may have been if they would have done it.

A note on the making of the cards: I use a template I make in Illustrator of an original card from the 1980 set. I vectorize all the graphics on the card and match all fonts as close as I can so I make them live. Once the template is made; I just crop a photo in Photoshop and drop it into the template. Once the first card is made the rest go really quickly.

Posted December 12, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in 1980 Topps Royals set

A Fresh Start   Leave a comment

Roger Waters' The Wall in Kansas City, MO

A snapshot from Roger Waters' The Wall in Kansas City, MO.

This is the initial post on  the “A Hair Off Square” blog. This blog is intended a jumping off point for several projects. It’s name comes from the title of a webcomic that will probably never happen. It is also an outlet for a project of mine where I make custom baseball/football cards because I am a nerd. If you need an example of what this is until I get a post with one try this:

The picture is random, ignore it if you wish.

Posted December 12, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Uncategorized

Hello world!   1 comment

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

Posted December 12, 2010 by VocalsOnTop in Uncategorized