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    Those of you who know me know that I love the Golden Era of baseball, the old timers, the classic game from years gone by...evoking memories of another time. I especially love the great Negro Leagues players, as my middle son and I visited the Museum in K.C. several years ago. Here are some of the late great legends:

    Buck Leonard:



    Cool Papa Bell, my personal favorite!





    This framed display is a card and photo from Ray Dandridge, the photo coming from last summer's Cooperstown pilgrimage!





    My dear friend who I travelled to Cooperstown with just gave me this card with the great Judy Johnson's autograph, I just framed and matted yesterday evening!





    These are designs I love, Ernest Fann, Bill Greason, and Eugene Scruggs...each got them back to me super quickly!!





    Reverend Greason is a WWII vet, and was on Iwo Jima. He is also a pastor in Birmingham Alabama, and is at a church where Dr. King preached in the 50s and 60s!



    Eugene Scruggs played for Detroit, so I included the cityscape as his background. This is another custom from a custom, as it was a duplicate, and I made a new front and created a cut signature card out of it!


    Here is some info about the first Black players on each MLB team, provided by the Negro League Museum:


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    I also love the League of Their Own, the great and classy ladies of the AAGPBL! Here is Jean Faut, one of the great pitchers:





    Dottie Schroeder, a lovely lady of the AAGPBL! This photo is in Cooperstown!




    Just got this one this week! Betsy "Sockem" Jochum, one of the greatest hitters in the League's history!

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    These are so awesome and so well done. If you ever decide to part with the Feller keep me in mind. : )
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    Quote Originally Posted by reickholt View Post
    These are so awesome and so well done. If you ever decide to part with the Feller keep me in mind. : )
    Thanks for the compliments my friend, truly appreciated! I will keep you in mind, I just finished that one, and will keep for a while, but may be open to selling in the future! I am flattered that you like my work so much, it started out as me being picky about where players signed on cards, and having a hard time finding things signed that I liked. So doing customs and cut signatures gives me the ability to make whatever I want, to my own satisfaction. Knowing that people enjoy these is just icing on the cake!

    If you have anything you would like me to turn into a custom for you (signed index cards, paper, album pages, etc.), just let me know, glad to do so!

    God bless,

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    Kevin
    those are amazing you do terrific work and i am simply in awe of them quick story for you the ones you have of dick groat are his dad and my dad were very good friends in the little town where i grew up dick you to take my borthers and me to game sometimes and we got to sit in the dugout once in awhile to watch warm ups he was also a great basketball player and back in the 50,s he played both as a pro with the pirates in mlb and fort wayne pistons in the nba
    thanks again for the great work you do
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    Quote Originally Posted by chieftazmisty View Post
    Kevin
    those are amazing you do terrific work and i am simply in awe of them quick story for you the ones you have of dick groat are his dad and my dad were very good friends in the little town where i grew up dick you to take my borthers and me to game sometimes and we got to sit in the dugout once in awhile to watch warm ups he was also a great basketball player and back in the 50,s he played both as a pro with the pirates in mlb and fort wayne pistons in the nba
    thanks again for the great work you do
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    Tom,

    Thank you for the compliments, it is so nice to hear kind things about my work, and to know that you have had so much personal contact with Dick Groat (one of the best not in the HOF, in my opinion) is absolutely fascinating! What little town did you grow up in?

    I understand Dick to be a very nice man in real life, which is awesome! What are some of your favorite memories of him? So cool that you knew him growing up, what a small world!

    God bless,

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    A few more, this will be my "best of the rest" post!

    The Hernan Perez card is one of my earlier customs that has become one of my favorites, as he signed three times, once in silver, which didnt show up well, so he signed over the silver. He must not have liked how that looked, so he signed again! He flipped a ball to my then 3 year old son between innings, so I created this one to send to him!



    Dwier Brown, while not an MLB player, is a great signer, from one of the all-time classic baseball movies!




    I love "The Original One!" He wrote me a 3 page letter to go with a signed custom, and he included one of his own, as I had sent him some to keep for himself! A truly awesome and unique success!




    Eddie Wells is a man who has the awesome distinction of having a locker at old Yankee Stadium between Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, getting to know both men very well, and winning the 1932 World Series Championship, largely thanks to those two!






    The Big League Brothers:




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    I have been buying 3x5 autos for years now, with the thought that I might someday have some of them made into customs. Have never followed up on it, but maybe someday.

    Some of them you see online get pretty fancy. I like that, but not sure how much something like that would cost, if you were not doing it yourself. Even if you do it yourself, there is cost in time, computer programs, materials/supplies, etc.

    Are yours mostly blank backed or do you do backs for them as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmopar View Post
    I have been buying 3x5 autos for years now, with the thought that I might someday have some of them made into customs. Have never followed up on it, but maybe someday.

    Some of them you see online get pretty fancy. I like that, but not sure how much something like that would cost, if you were not doing it yourself. Even if you do it yourself, there is cost in time, computer programs, materials/supplies, etc.

    Are yours mostly blank backed or do you do backs for them as well?
    Welcome back to the Bench my friend, its been a long time!

    Thanks for your post, I always enjoy people seeing my work, hope you liked everything! In answer to your question, I have done both blank backs and have designed card backs, it just depends....one guy I did some cards for requested backs, so I did them. For my own, I typically leave them blank, since I display them and you can only see the front anyway!

    God bless,

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    Da Bears! I did some custom framing and matting, love the way these came out! Handwritten letter from Virginia Halas McCaskey, a note from Maury Buford, and a signed index card from Tommy Waddle...and then a shot of the whole grouping!











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    My dear friend got me this in person from Roger, and I made the below custom to go with it!




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    Kevin -

    Looks great!

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    Thanks a million Scobes, I love the way that Tommy Waddle turned out, thanks again!

    God bless,

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    Here are my Giants customs! Our family had friends from SF who came to Chicago area on a ballpark tour every summer, and gave me some awesome memories for my young lifetime!

    I love Roger Craig, and I love the way this card came out! He even inscribed "Humm Baby" from the '89 Giants season, which is when my lifelong love of baseball was solidified!



    Rick "Big Daddy" Reuschel:


    Al Stanek:


    Gordon Beckham (I don't think Gordon ever had a Giants card, as he was with them for such a short time, so I decided to fix that oversight!!)

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    Ok, so now I have these organized by team, and by theme for the non-ballplayers! I hope everyone enjoys seeing these, as I sure enjoyed creating them!

    I have several more coming in, and will be posting these in the days and weeks to come!

    Blessings,

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