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    I Created a New Trading Card Product Line!

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE - PLEASE CHECK THE END OF THIS THREAD FROM TIME TO TIME FOR UPDATES!

    Watch me put together a 1/1 Custom completely on video!



    Let me see a show of hands. How many of you think that it is absolute madness at how many types of cards have been released this past year? The card release calendar shows TONS of them ... not to mention the online only and store specific cards out there.

    Well, the card market is about to get one more, though case breakers will not have an interest in this one.

    I realize that there is a big risk in coming out with a new card product. Whether they have succeeded or crashed and burned, generally all are met with harsh criticism. I hope this isn't one of them! :)

    What if I told you that I've made a new card line with the most diverse checklist ever? One that will elicit emotions that go beyond normal trading cards. They will make some laugh, others cry, and have a high potential of being quite possibly the most notable & cherished card in your entire collection.

    That sets the bar ridiculously high, but it is my hope that you agree with me.

    First, I had to come up with a killer name. Something that oozes high end ... glamor. Lifestyles of the rich and famous.



    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the HIGHEST END EVER....wait, what? That name has already been taken? :/

    Okay, let's try again ...



    INSANITY! The ULTIMATE high end card. It would be pure insanity to spend money on this...errr...I mean it would be pure insanity not to buy. Yeah, that's what I meant!

    Not quite ....



    When a good deal comes my way, I JUMP IN IT. (I love that DirectTV commercial with the mini giraffe!) Speaking of good deals, check this sweet costume I found at Target the other night! #hemustworkout



    Sigh, if only working out were as easy as putting on a costume.

    Okay, back to the card line. (Forgive me, but how could I NOT share that pic with you?)

    After talking it over at the kitchen table with my family, I came up with this:



    Custom Cuts - Yeah! I like the ring to it! My first thought was to grab the domain name customcuts.com. Sadly, someone picked it up, but it was for sale.

    I inquired about the price, and here is the response I got:



    Uhmmm.... $59,888 ????

    I considered countering at $50.00 but instead, I thought this response was more appropriate:



    Silly, silly interwebs.

    I opted instead for CustomCutsOnline.com for a smooth $15/year.

    So, what exactly is Custom Cuts? Well, let me show you. There are 2 different configurations.



    A gorgeous high-end design and beautiful gold holo-foil. I know what you are asking yourself "Hey, where's the cream filling?"

    This is where it gets interesting and exciting.

    Custom Cuts is an easy to use kit that allows you to create your own card! You have two choices: Buy the kit and do it yourself, or send me the pieces and I'll create it for you.

    Here is how it works.

    Each kit comes with the following pieces:



    The fun part is selecting the pieces you want to include. Once you do, you use the cutting template to easily cut the pieces to the exact sizes you need. Cut the pieces larger than the holes, but smaller than the template to ensure a good fit.




    The back is actually like a sticker. Once you are ready, you just peel it and stick it to the back!



    For me, the story of a card is absolutely huge. It is the difference between having just another shiny parallel that was pushed out, and something that is truly meaningful. To me, a shiny low numbered refractor with no story means very little to me when compared to a dull looking older card with a fantastic story.

    The backs will have a hand-written serial number, if you desire. The reason for this is so you (or anyone) can go to the website and look up what the story is behind the card in the database. You, of course, would write the story. This could be something documenting the pieces that were used, or even a nice note to the recipient of the card if you are giving it as a gift.



    My favorite thing about this is that there are literally no limits to your creativity, aside from being mindful of the hole dimensions.



    The fun part in creating customs is finding the right pieces for a project. The Custom Cuts kit is designed to have fun, and end up with something meaningful - whether it is for your own collection, or for someone else!

    Here are some examples of what can be done:

    A picture of your little leaguer and jersey patch or signature = your new favorite 1/1



    A paw print + pic you printed out of your cat = a Custom Pawtograph



    Old Magazine page + signed index card = Custom High End ALF!



    Signed Post Card + Trading Card = Mickey Mantle Cut Signature



    Magazing + dog chewed trading card = Al Kaline cut signature



    Wedding Picture + Invitation = Keepsake that may actually get your wife into cards (Hey, we can dream, can't we?)



    Here they are all together:



    This is my first "invention" so to speak, and I'm very proud of it. I look forward to hearing what you all think about this as well! I hope this will be a bit hit for folks this Christmas, as I've gotten loads of requests to create personal cards as gifts.

    Oh, and what a better way to kick off my first invention than with my first infomercial?



    For anyone who does pick up a kit, I encourage everyone to post what they have made online. I'd get a huge kick out of seeing what other people use this for.

    As always, thanks for reading! I look forward to hearing what you all think.
    Last edited by mouschi; 12-17-2016 at 10:15 AM.

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    You continue to be the most innovative and forward-thinking card producer in the hobby.
    No doubt I will be buying one of these soon.
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    I always refer you when i get the chance. By the way i was wondering what you had brewing, been awhile since we've heard from you!

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    Amazing as always my friend!
    SuperCollecting 3 generations of Yastrzemski's!
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    Thank you guys! If anyone wants one you can hit me up at tanmanbaseballfan@gmail.com - someone was asking how much. I sell these for $29.95 or $49.95 if you send me the pieces and I assemble for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by michigandan View Post
    I always refer you when i get the chance. By the way i was wondering what you had brewing, been awhile since we've heard from you!
    Thanks so much for the referrals! I've been so consumed with this, I've had a hard time finding time to write - I just checked on my last article and you are right - it has been a while!

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    Here is a fun custom cuts card using junk wax! 1992 Fleer Frank Thomas and 1992 Fleer wrapper...


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    These are awesome!! Will u add more layouts? I have tons of ideas for custom card layouts and i design new ones multiple times per year starring my children of course lol (I'm a proud momma lol). I've been a graphic designer for 17 years lol I'll have to show off some of mine later, hehehe :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by soxgrl29 View Post
    These are awesome!! Will u add more layouts? I have tons of ideas for custom card layouts and i design new ones multiple times per year starring my children of course lol (I'm a proud momma lol). I've been a graphic designer for 17 years lol I'll have to show off some of mine later, hehehe :-D
    Thanks! At some point I'm sure I'll add some later :)

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    I thought I'd do a little instructional video (which also shows a small improvement in the kit!) where I put together a cut signature card using an 8x10 and a base card.

    The result? A crotch-a-riffic cut auto 1/1 custom! LOL (video below!)




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