Thursday, August 26, 2010

Custom Creations: Golf Legends Cut Autographs

A number of months ago, I was asked to do some custom cut autograph golf cards for a fellow collector. He had trekked down to Hawaii to a charity skins game and it had some of the biggest names in golf. Some of the signatures that he was able to pick up were impressive to say the least.

He mailed the program to me and I got started on a design. It was the first time I had attempted a 'set' of cut autograph cards and was really excited to give it a shot.

It also gave me an excuse to pick up a couple new tools for my custom card creations. And boy did the purchases ever pay off.

I don't want to toot my own horn, but these cards are the best ones I have done to date. I'm really happy with the way they turned out.

Here is a sample of the final product. The autographs are the real deal and the scans are of the actual cards.

Here's a breakdown of the set (both fronts and backs). In these, the front of the card is a mock up of the autograph and how it would look as opposed to an actual scan of the finished card. Enjoy.

Fred Couples

Ben Crenshaw

Jack Nicklaus

This one was the first one I assembled and my favorite card in the set. What a fantastic autograph and I love the way his signature sits in the card.

And what a legend of a name to boot.

Gary Player

Nick Price

Loren Roberts

Curtis Strange

This one was sort of an extra. He wasn't involved in the tournament but just happened to be there. His autograph looks more like a scribble than a scribe (as he is known to have a pretty slick looking signature). Still, it's why not.

Fuzzy Zoeller

There you have it. A custom eight card set. They found their way back to their owner and he is, as he put it "over the moon" happy with the results.

One of the purchases I made for these cards was a new exacto knife. It's a 'swivel knife' which means that the blade had more of a pivoting head on it. It really helped me make smooth turns on my cuts and really made the cutouts less of a laborious task. Can be picked up at your local craft store for less than $10. Money well spent.

With hockey season around the corner I am planning on getting back into the customs a little more as I have some old ideas sitting on the back burner as well as some new sets on my mind.

Oh, and one last thing. These were a BLAST to do. So much fun designing the card, printing out and assembling. It didn't feel like work for a single moment.


  1. those look awesome dude! nice job. i really like how the autographs are right on the printed articles. who knew that would have looked so good? however, it looks good to me, but what's with the same pic on the back and front?!?! i thought you hated that! :-)

  2. Those are amazing! If I ever need some done I know who to go to!

  3. Thanks guys.

    Dave, you are correct. I normally don't go for duplicate photos on the front and back. I felt though that this was an exception since I was going for a more simplistic approach. If I tried to make the card busier and flashier (like a lot of the cards I hate from the 90's) then I would have gone with two pics.

    Yeah......that my reasoning. :)

  4. These are great! IMO, the contoured cutout of the signature is much more appealing than a plain ol' rectangular box.

  5. Those are awesome. I love the background and the font used for the names.

  6. Hi there, Sweden calling! :) I too hope you get a job on Panini or something. I dont have Photoshop but there are as you may know lots of free alternatives on the net. My question is what to look for in terms of tools to create borders and the morph between the player photo and the autoarea there on your golf set.

    Thanks in advance.

  7. Hello Sweden :)

    The tool which really can create some seamless looks is the 'gradient' tool. It can blend one color into another or one photo into another or one photo into a color or background.

    It is very effective and can take something simple and make it look awesome.

    Best of luck on your creations.

  8. Great! I have a Lemieux on paper wich has bugged me well enough by now. Did'nt have my cards with me when i suddenly met him during the NHL Premiere in Stockholm two years ago.

  9. This is one awesome looking set. I have a website of Syracuse Nationals that I have been collecting autographs for. Most are 3x5's, some are team sheets, others are cards. I planned on making a matted photo of the 1955 team, and think a variation of your cards would look great with the autographs. Can we work something out?

  10. Hi Jay,

    Thanks for the kind words!

    I will e-mail you via the saltcitycagers e-mail.