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Retro Football Cards — Andrew Luck, Pro Set 1989

Retro Football Cards — Andrew Luck, Pro Set 1989

Football Friday, Sports
After a lengthy break, it's time for another retro football card designed by yours truly. I didn't intend for this series to be so quarterback-heavy, but I can't overlook the great performance turned in by rookie Colts QB Andrew Luck last weekend. Against the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, Luck passed for an NFL rookie record 433 yards. It was his fourth 300-yard-plus passing performance this season, only the second time a rookie QB has done that. The first? Peyton Manning. So yeah, I think #12 deserves this. This card is based on a 1989 Pro Set card for former Colts quarterback Chris Chandler.  I picked '89 since Luck was born that year. I had some trouble finding the right typeface for the name, and ended up using Haettenschweiler. If anyone reading this can think of a better choice, le
Retro Football Cards — Super Bowl XLVI edition (Manning/Gronkowski)

Retro Football Cards — Super Bowl XLVI edition (Manning/Gronkowski)

Sports
(For all my retro cards, click here.) OK, now that we're through the farce that is the Pro Bowl, it's almost zero hour for the 2011 NFL season. So I thought it only proper to bust out a pair of Super Bowl-related retro cards. Up first is New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, as grafted onto a 1956 Topps card. And for the AFC's New England Patriots it's Pro Bowl tight end Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski, on a 1984 Topps. Of the two, the Manning was the easier to produce. I used a '56 Charley Conerly card. Conerly was the QB of the Giants during the 1956 championship season, which is why I went with it. The stroke/halo effect is present on that '56 set so I reproduced it as close as I could. Like with the Drew Brees card, I had a hard time finding a good helmetless pic so I just w...
Retro Football Cards — Adrian Peterson, Topps 1975

Retro Football Cards — Adrian Peterson, Topps 1975

Football Friday, Sports
I had so much fun designing my retro Drew Brees card, I got started on my next one right away. So here's Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian "All Day" Peterson. I used a 1975 Chuck Foreman Topps card as the template. I used a headshot of Peterson as Topps still relied mainly on them in the mid-'70s. Astute fans will notice that the Vikings patch on the jersey chest is missing. I removed it to maintain consistency, as Topps did not have the right to use team logos throughout the 1970s. Logos returned starting with the 1982 set. All Day failed to reach 1,000 for the first time in his pro career, but that's only due to injures. He is poised to become the Vikings' all-time leading rusher within the first game or two of the 2012 NFL season, surpassing Robert Smith's 6,818 yards. For
Retro Football Cards — Drew Brees, Topps 1969 Style

Retro Football Cards — Drew Brees, Topps 1969 Style

Football Friday, Sports
My American Football League Program project has had me in an even more retro mood than normal. And as I wind down the bulk of the work (programs and media guides through the 1966 season are up now), I'm already looking for a new project. And so I struck upon the idea of retro football cards. So what's that mean, you ask? Simply put these are actual football cards from yesteryear, modified to show modern players. I haven't collected football cards for years, as it stopped being a fun hobby when I saw it turning into big business. But when I was into it, I amassed a pretty decent collection. I still have most of them, in fact, and treasure them more than any of the baseball cards I collected. So this project is a way for me to reconnect with the joy of collecting, as well as a way to k...