For a while now, I have seen other bloggers bust out their creative genius and create great looking custom cards. I have often found myself envious of their skills and raw talent and wonder why these people are not employed by the companies who constantly release crap-tastic sets (it’s sad if the professionals are often being bested by the amatuers). Two sites I particularly like perusing are Big D’s Custom Cards and The Custom Card Blog.
As I alluded to in an earlier post, I am a cycling fan, particularly during le Tour de France. Last year during le Tour, I had an itch to create a custom card set for the grand event, but never scratched it (something about buying a house getting in the way). This year, that itch has returned in a big way. I have a pretty solid concept for the 250-card checklist, although I have a feeling I will need to wait at least until le Tour stars on July 3 to really get rolling with creating the actual cards. But I figured I could at least come up with some protypes until then, and hopefully make this set a reality this time around.
What you see below is my first base card sample. I’m not 100% sold on every aspect of it, but it is pretty much what I had imagined, which is a rare feat for me (I often have grandiose visions that quite simply exceed my desktop publishing skills). What are your thoughts? I am almost at a loss for what to do with the card back at this point, but I have a few vague concepts with which I can mess around. One note before the criticism starts, this is a rough photo I grabbed for the sample card. I realize it is a little grainy and shows Lance in the wrong jersey (he last rode with Discovery in 2005). That’s why this is a sample and not the final product.
So, what do you think? Any and all comments are welcome. Feel free to be as encouraging or critical as you deem appropriate.