Monday, March 30, 2009

2009 Chachi Special Edition #MS Mike Schmidt

For the past several years, I've created my own Phillies cards. The major card companies no longer produce cards for players like Eric Bruntlett or Clay Condrey, so I took matters into my own hands.

I call my cards "Chachi" in honor of my dog Chachi. Just like you should never call Fleer cards "Fleers," you should never call Chachi cards "Chachis".

At left is a 2009 Chachi card produced for Mike Schmidt, now a special instructor for the Phils during Spring Training. Also pictured is Mike's 1980 Topps card (#270), which was used as the template for the 2009 Chachi set.

13 comments:

JLP2009 said...

Rheal Cormier is also worthy of a Chachi card.

Jim said...

Agreed. Perhaps I'll work on that . . .

Dave said...

Pets are a great inspiration for baseball card names! I'm in the same boat. My wife and I affectionately refer to our dog Minny as "Goose." Thus, walking the dog is referred to as a "Goose Walk" (and now a "Goose Joak")

Jim said...

Dave - I'm sure Goose is as honored as Chachi to be the namesake of a card set!

Johngy said...

I love the Chachi cards. I never liked the 1980 set, until now. Maybe it is because your pictures are brighter and crisper.
Either way, awesome idea.

Jim said...

Thanks Johngy!

NYBBNUT said...

I use to go to Shibe Park with my dad when I was young. I'll keep checking in to see if you pay tribute to Tony Taylor, Chris Short, Clay Dalrymple, Johnny Callison, Jim Bunning, etc

Jim said...

NYBBNUT - It's definitely safe to say each of the players you mentioned will be featured at some point. In fact, I think I'll cover TT tonight . . .

MattR said...

Great cards--keep up the good work! :)

Dean Family said...

What program did you use to make these cards? They are great!

http://1980toppsbaseball.blogspot.com/

Jim said...

DF - I'm currently using an old version of MicroSoft Picture It Publishing. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles, but it's just enough for what I need it for. I tried figuring out some of the professional graphics tools, but they hurt my brain. I'm enjoying following the '80 Topps set on your blog.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Where's the checklist! :)


These are nice cards - the Harry Kalas one is a nice touch.

Jim said...

Jim from Downingtown - I have a post coming up in the next week or so featuring a very special checklist. Stay tuned . . .