A Hall of Famer Straight from the Hall of Fame
August 22nd, 2011 by slangon

Apparently, that custom relic job that I did for Project 1962 a while back has paid some dividends on top of what Chris gave me because a few folks contacted me after he posted it asking if I’d be interested in doing something for them as well. Tim, from The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame was one of them. As you may be able to tell from the title of his blog, Tim is quite the fan of guys with unique names, many of which are kind of fringe players who don’t really have any “real” cards. He asked if I could whip up some customs of a few of them, to which I happily said yes. You can check the results over at his joint.

For his part, he offered me this bad boy.

Yes. That’s right. Your eyes do not deceive you. That is a lovely example of a 1973 Topps John Hilton rookie card. I guess Tim must’ve heard that I enjoy cards that feature nerds. Here’s the back.

I’ve had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to start making a serious run at completing the 1973 Topps set, and this card was one of the biggest stumbling blocks. I never quite understood why the rookie card of a guy who only played 4 years in the Majors and sported a career .213 batting average would be so prized by collectors, but I’ve never seen this card go for cheap, which is how I like ’em. Maybe it’s a short print or something. Either way, now that I have this card, I do believe the ’73 set shall be mine.

Thanks again to Tim for the trade, and enjoy the customs in good health.

5 Responses to “A Hall of Famer Straight from the Hall of Fame”

  1. Glad you took this one out of its holder, as it definitely needed to breathe. And I’m still loving those customs you sent me – I even showed them off on Blowout and they got quite a few compliments which was neat. One guy said he even went to high school with Supernaw and will see if he can arrange a ttm auto for me – imagine that!

  2. That’s pretty awesome. I’d be interested to see that.

  3. Hi there- I love your customs and was wondering if you could make me one of Hunter Pence. Astros or Phillies Uni. I will trade whatever you want for it1 Email me, camh44@gmail.com thanks!

  4. That card looks better than the example I have in my own ’73 set. I’ll get around to showing it on my ’73 Topps Photography blog eventually.

  5. And…if you have a 1973 Topps wantlist, drop me an email. I’ll be happy to see if I can cut it down a little.

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