I’ve Heard of Ripping Packs, But This is Ridiculous
June 21st, 2011 by slangon

I’m not sure if anyone has seen this post on Project 1962, but a while back Chris had approached me with a very novel custom card project. Last year, he was lucky enough to pull a Rogers Hornsby bat relic from a jumbo box of the Topps flagship set. If you don’t know, Chris bleed Cubbie blue, so he was a little disappointed by the fact that Topps chose to portray The Rajah in a Cardinals uniform. I guess as someone who isn’t a Cubs fan (or a Cardinals fan for that matter) it does make sense to me that Topps would put him in a St. Louis uniform, considering he spent the majority of his career there and won his first MVP as a Redbird. It also does make sense to me that as a Cubs fan, you wouldn’t be so into that card.

Regardless, I’d done some other Cubs custom cards for Chris in the past and he always seemed to dig them. He also is very generous with his seemingly bottomless stockpile of crusty old vintage cards, so I was more than willing to give this particular project a go. If you haven’t figured it out by now, he basically asked me to destroy his Hornsby relic card, removing the bat chip in the process and place it into a new, custom card which would show Rogers from his Chicago days.

On a personal note, helping Chris out and see all the sweet beat up vintage he bribed me with aside, I was pretty interesting in taking on this project purely out of curiosity. For some reason, ever since I got back into collecting and found out about those new fangled relic cards, I’ve always been really interested in how exactly they were made. What better way to find out how something is made than by tearing it apart?

Without further ado, here’s what it looks like when someone destroys a perfectly good relic card.

And if anyone wants to see the final product, it’s here.

4 Responses to “I’ve Heard of Ripping Packs, But This is Ridiculous”

  1. That was really cool. I’ve always wanted to do that to a relic card but never one of my own lol. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That’s pretty awesome. Looking forward to seeing the new custom.

  3. Wow what an undertaking, and a very impressive end result. That is a really impressive project. What impressed me more was the extra step you did for Chris. I checked out his post on the final result and when I saw the bonus set you had made for him I had to pick my jaw up from off of the floor (of the apartment below mine). To save you time from checking out my comment over at “Project ’62” here is what I said:

    “Wow I am super impressed. Redoing the relic card is one thing but creating a full 32 base card set to match it that has is better looking than the original relic card is f fantastic. A tip of the hat off to Sean.”

    All that said this is coming from a collector who has never really liked the idea of “relic” or “game used” cards to begin with, but what can one do when it has been the norm for several years?

    Congratulations on a job well done.

  4. The finished product turned out AMAZING! It took about twenty minutes to watch the video on my slow-ass laptop, but it was worth every second! Well done!

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