- Players who didn't card
- Players who were traded mid season or after the originals were created
- Players who's original card received a horrible airbrush treatment or the player has no cap
- Players who received a horizontal card, which doesn't show well in game
This is destined to once again be a true labor of love.
The type of work involved can be as simple as adding a photo, name and player position and saving. That typically takes about 2 minutes a card. The more complex cards can take 10-20 minutes depending on what type of work is needed. Colorizing a B&W photo can take 20+ minutes. Airbrushing out logos and changing colors of caps and jerseys can take just as long, sometimes longer if I have to search for a logo/cap/jersey to build.
Here is a sample of what might go into this project. Bruce Kimm, who appeared in all of 9 games for the Cubs in 1979 never had a card for that season. Why should he have one ? He didn't even play in the majors in 1978. He batted .091 in 1979, so Topps was right on the money when they decided not to issue him a card. Still, for our replay you need to have a card for every player. After countless hours spent googling Kimm the only photos we could find of him in a Cub uniform were those as a manager 2 and a half decades later. Obviously we couldn't use those for a 1979 card. My friend Jim R found a photo of him batting, but it was a tiny thumbnail shot that was of poor quality. My first attempt to make a card was a horrible airbrush job off a 1981 card photo with Kimm in a White Sox uniform. Horrible is an understatement to describe the original and my subsequent airbrush job. Next up I decided to convert his 1977 Tigers Card into a 1979 Cubs card. The finished product, which took about 20-25 minutes to do is below:
Now for those purist who say, "How can a Cub be in Yankee Stadium (location for the original photo) ? My responses: "We have to play the cards that we are dealt (all puns intended).
So how did we get from a 1977 Tiger photo to a 1979 Cub ? Here are the steps in the process:
- Google, then download the 1977 Card
- Remove the Tiger logo from the cap with the "magic stamper" tool in Photoshop
- Highlight the cap and then colorize it to match Cub blue
- Google Cubs caps and find a photo that has the logo on the same angle as the Tiger cap.
- Highlight and copy/paste the log on to the colorized cap.
- Use the magic stamper to remove the Tigers log on the jersey
- Google a Cubs road jersey that was gray and on a similar angle to the Tiger jersey. It takes time to find a close match
- Remove the gray background until you have just the "CHICAGO". Copy it and paste it on to the new 1979 photo, then angle it appropriately.
- Highlight the trim on the neck area and change from Tiger colors to Cub colors.
- Drag and drop the new photo into the 1979 template and add name and position then work on the contrast so the photo looks a bit more high def.