With the summer months now past us and the leaves slowly changing color, I'm bound and determined to pick up on a number of custom card projects that have been patiently waiting for me (along with a few of their eventual recipients).
To all of you who have been sitting by the mailbox - disappointed day after day all summer - thank you for not razzing me endlessly. I will do my best to get this stuff done sooner than later. Believe me, it bugs me as much as it must bother you.
Way back in March, I came up with a cut auto for a sweet Gordie Howe signature. I really liked the way it turned out. The person who asked me to create it also had a Darryl Sittler card in mind. This weekend I finally put together the finishing touches on it.
It took me months to track down a decent Sittler photo for the front of this card. I scoured numerous resources and found nothing that worked for me (either the photo was too small or it was in black & white or it was Darryl wearing a helmet, etc.). I came upon this photo in a kids book about hockey. I was at a huge book sale this summer and (surprise) I headed right to the sports section. I grabbed every hockey book that looked interesting.
It definitely paid off.
Now all that's left is to take the actual autographs and build the cards for real. That's always a tense time. Fun - but tense.
I also continued working on one of the biggest projects I have ever undertaken. I'm not going to share pics until I am fully finished, but no question about it, it will be one of the most challenging projects to date.
It's a ton of fun working on these again. It makes me want to clean the plate off so I can get back to building stuff for myself again.
Martin Jones 2013-14 Mask
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