Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The State of the 2011 Chachi Set Address

1983 Topps #664
My fellow bloggers, baseball card collectors, Phillies fans: 

Almost two year ago, I started this humble little blog with the goal of sharing and discussing Phillies baseball cards from my collection, sharing my custom-made baseball cards using baseball card designs of yore, and finding a creative way to goof off at night once the kids were in bed.  We now live in an era in which it is very satisfying to follow and root for the Phillies.  I am proud and honored to be possibly one of the top 1,000 baseball card/Phillies/custom card blogs on this entire fine planet we share.

As most of you may be aware, I have made the switch to an iMac recently, rendering my PC obsolete and putting me at square one in terms of learning and adapting to a new graphic design software package.

At the advice of a few senior advisers, and after careful consideration, I have decided to try my hand at Apple's Pixelmator.  The software package has received its share of favorable reviews, and I like its slogan of, "Image editing for the rest of us."  As soon as my schedule permits, I'm going to sign up for one of the hip and cool "Personal Projects" sessions at my local Apple store, in the hopes of producing something that closely approximates the baseball cards presented here.  [Pause for polite golf applause.]

1983 Topps #301
Yes, the 2011 Chachi set will eventually feature the popular design from Topps' 1983 baseball card set.  [Pause for applause.]  I attempted to make a prototype for this post using Pixelmator, but after several hours of redundant double clicking, stunted lasso dragging and, unfortunately, a few muffled curse words, I must admit defeat.  In short, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.  I want to learn and I plan to learn, but real life and my family's dependence on me for a paycheck dictates that I potentially postpone the release of the 2011 Chachi set until such a time that I can put forth a product deserving of the Chachi name.

A few of you have realized by now that the 2010 Chachi set stands incomplete at 58 cards.  The masses (all three of you) have cried, "Where's our Brian Bocock card?  Where are the 2010 Leaders cards?",  and finally, "When will get a highlight card celebrating Roy Halladay's Cy Young award?"

1983 Topps #252
I hear your cries, and your voices ring loud and true.  The 2010 Chachi set will rise again, and it will be completed.  I will finish what I started and I will not rest until Nate Robertson gets his 2010 Chachi card, even though it's completely undeserved and wholly unnecessary!  [Pause for vigorous applause.]  These are challenging times, when one has to know how to use different palettes and brushes and layers and swatches.  But I'm up to the challenge, and I will not be defeated or daunted just because I have no idea how to remove Luis Aguayo from a baseball card and replace him with Wilson Valdez!  [Pause for frenzied applause.]

I thank you for your readership, your insightful comments and your patience.  2011 is going to be an exciting year, and the 2011 Chachi set will appear at some point in our bright futures.  God bless you, God bless baseball cards and God bless Chachi.

[Point enthusiastically at random audience members, turn, moonwalk, throw in a little cabbage patch and exit.]


Beer Belly Puerto Rico said...

Very neat blog, I've been perusing it for about an hour now! I only recently started uploading some of my custom baseball cards, feel free to take a look, I have a number of Phillies. I also have card templates available if your interested, drop me a line:


Jim said...

Very cool stuff. It looks as if you've created completely new templates for these cards? I especially like the way the Phillies of today look on the 1989 Fleer cards.

Anonymous said...

Awesome, I can't wait! 1983 Topps is my all-time favorite set and this is going to be a banner year for the Phillies. I'm excited to see the two combined. I'm going to really sit back and fully enjoy this season, unlike '10 which was quite frustrating most of the time. And I really think the Phillies will deliver this year. And I'm excited to see it captured on my favorite, classic design, 1983 Topps! Keep up the good work!