Archive for April 2011

History of Joakim Soria: 1974 Topps   Leave a comment

History Of Joakim Soria 1974 ToppsHere is another card making multiple appearances on my site. I originally posted this as a custom card of the day but it needs to be posted in this category as well. I am trying to get all of the cards that have made an appearance on this site in the past in this category so everything will be fresh.

This is a great looking card. Nice picture and a very solid card design as well. 1974 Topps is probably a design that I will make more samples of in the future. For now here is Joakim, enjoy.

Posted April 22, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in History of Joakim Soria

History of Joakim Soria: 2007 Topps   Leave a comment

History Of Joakim Soria 2007 Topps“History of Joakim Soria” #5. This is Joakim Soria’s rookie year for baseball cards. He had an actual card this year, it is the first time I have re-made an existing Soria card in my “Historty of Jokim Soria” series. I like this card a lot but I don’t know if it is better than his actual Topps rookie card.

As I have mentioned a couple times on this site, 1971 Topps is my favorite card set. 2007 Topps is a tribute to this set in many ways. It is the second time that Topps has ever done a black border being the main similarity. Another similarity is that the players signature appears on the front of the card.

I had decided not to do these signatures but changed my mind before ever posting a year that had the feature. I know that a few years have had signatures and I will add a signature when appropriate now that I have re-created it. This is a good looking card, the powder blue jersey really looks good with the black border. The signature gets lost a little in the photo because of the dark spots but it still ties the card together a little and I am glad I decided to add it.

Posted April 22, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in History of Joakim Soria

2011 Just Fair Dan Haren, Jered Weaver and Brett Anderson   Leave a comment

Athletics Brett Anderson

Angels Dan HarenAngels Jared Weaver

These are the three current AL ERA leaders as of 4/22/11.

Posted April 22, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in Just Fair '11

2011 Just Fair Josh Johnson, Dustin Moseley and Jamie Garcia   Leave a comment

Cardinals Jamie Garcia

Marlins Josh JohnsonPadres Dustin Moseley

These are the three current NL ERA leaders as of 4/22/11.

Posted April 22, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in Just Fair '11

2011 Just Fair James McDonald and Adam Dunn   Leave a comment

Pirates James McDonaldWhite Sox Adam Dunn

I hadn’t posted and Just Fair cards in a couple days so I need to play catch up a little bit. I made 20 cards before I got a little bored with it. I’m thinking I probably won’t be able to finish this set. I want to include many of the lesser know players (see James McDonald) but that will make the set really hard to keep going on. I’m thinking of an All-Stars subset to do around the All-Star break but I really don’t know of any other inserts. I think I will have to mix inserts in to make it interesting.

Anyway Adam Dunn is included here. Another White Sox card with a brief message about the guy: he scares the living hell out of me being a Royals fan. I know at some point he is going to stick a dagger in the Royals, I’m just waiting for it.

James McDonald plays for the Pirates and he is a pitcher, now you know as much as I do about him.

Posted April 21, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in Just Fair '11

History of Joakim Soria: 1983 Topps   Leave a comment

History Of Joakim Soria 1983 Topps custom cardHere is a “History of Joakim Soria” card that has been posted on my site before. When I posted it I raved about the design of 1983 Topps. I still will take a second to gush about it. I love the design, right down to the inset circle picture. It is just a great looking card.

The funny thing about how much I like the design of this card is that I never really thought about how much I liked it until I started doing my custom cards. I had to re-create it and it was tough but not near as bad as some I have done(I just did 1997 Topps and it wasn’t easy) I think my favorite sets of all time may now be:

1. 1971 Topps

2. 1984 Donruss

3. 1983 Topps

Posted April 21, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in History of Joakim Soria

Louis Coleman gets his shot   2 comments

Louis Coleman got the call. He will be joining the Kansas City Royals. The casualty of this roster move is sending Kanekoa Texeira to Omaha for a while. 

Royals Futures Game Louis Coleman

A recent custom card from a custom set I did of Louis Coleman.

I recently did this custom card of Coleman for the Royals futures game he appeared in on April 2nd, 2011. It was my first Louis Coleman custom card. He didn’t even make my 55 card spring training set. There is one notable problem with this card. The futures game was on Saturday April 2nd but the card says April 4th, 2011. The card is wrong, along with every other card I made in this 27 card set. Ugh, that is what you get when you try to hurry. I will have to go and change each individual card in this set.

The important part of this post is that Coleman is going to KC. Another great young talent will make his way to the K, I can’t wait.

Posted April 21, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in Random Royals

The day the music died   Leave a comment

Alright the music hasn’t died, it is getting moved. A Hair Off Square is now totally devoted to sports and custom cards. I have created a separate blog to track my musical tastes. I will keep both blogs up and running. Now A Hair Off Square won’t have an occasional interuption from a music post and I won’t fill Goose Joak’s blogroll with stuff about hippie music.

The new blog is called “Vocals on Top” I encourage you to head over there for any useless and pointless knowledge on music. But now, more custom cards coming very soon.

Posted April 21, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in Uncategorized

History of Joakim Soria: 1976 Topps   Leave a comment

History Of Joakim Soria 1976 ToppsHere is the next installment of my History of Joakim Soria series. 1976 Topps is one of those classic cards. It has a simple yet comfortable design. It has large area for the picture which I am a huge fan of. The only “fancy” part of the card is the ambiguous picture of the position player in the lower left hand corner. This is something that was really only done on 1973 Topps first then again in the 1976 set.

Posted April 20, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in History of Joakim Soria

2011 Royals Futures Game: Nick Van Stratten and Lance Zawadzki   Leave a comment

Royals Futures Game Nick Van StrattenRoyals Futures Game Lance Zawadzki

This is a set of cards from the April 2nd game at Kauffman Stadium between the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Omaha Storm Chasers. It was billed as the “Royals Futures Game.” It drew a lot of interest because of how good the Royals farm system is right now.

All of the pictures you will see in this set will be from one of two sources; The Kansas City Star slideshow from the game or from Royals Corner. A very gracious gentleman named Dave from the Royals corner posted many pictures from the game and was cool enough to allow me to use them to make my set.

The photo credits for this set are as follows:

Royals Corner: Van Stratten, Bianchi, Cain, Perez, Keating, Pina, Robinson, Sisk, Mongomery(MVP), Seratelli, Zawadzki, Romak, Falu

KC Star Slideshow: Myers, Colon, Lough, Hosmer, Chavez, Coleman, Montgomery, Dwyer, Moustakas, Duffy, Smith, Blanco, Giavotella

Me: Lamb

Posted April 19, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in Futures Game Set