In this hobby there are custom cards..... and then there are Richard's custom cards.
Richard is one of the most dedicated autograph 'hunters' I've seen in this hobby and his autograph collections are the stuff of legends. Aside from the autographs themselves, the custom cards that these athletes sign for him are created by Richard himself, as he is also a custom card creator who has been honing his talents in that department for many years now as a 'hobby within a hobby'.
Richard reached out to me wanting his custom card collection featured on the blog.... And here we are:
Growing up in Vancouver, I was first introduced to hockey cards collecting by my older cousin in the mid-90s (like, who wasn’t collecting back then?!). At 5, I knew pretty much nothing about hockey but I was very intrigued by this “big kid stuff” he was showing off to me…he had so many cards! So my uncle
My initial attempts at custom cards were very basic: pencil drawings with little attention to detail and stats on the back that made no sense. However, what I was doing actually caught on in school, and there was a whole group of us producing these “Frogland” cards at one point. We loved McD cards, so we tried reproducing Upper Deck ICE ‘see-through’ acetate cards, Teammates foil cards, Grand Moments inserts, etc. There was something innately fun about trying to find ways to recreate the cards we loved…in a frog version. By the time I was 12, I had already constructed more than 500 custom cards, all hand-drawn frog cards based on sets I loved: 91-92 Score, 90-91 OPC, even 01-02 Pacific Vanguard (one of my first attempts making a jersey card with cut up underpants).
A Topps Project 2020 Foreshadow, perhaps?
What/Who Do you Collect?
1) All-time Vancouver Canucks NHL autograph collection: Autograph card for every player to ever suit up for the Canucks in an NHL game (and they have to be pictured in Canucks uniform).
How Did You Start Collecting Autographs on Custom Cards?
I became a more serious collector (and more selective) around the 03-04 season. With access to eBay, I tried my hand at collecting Young Guns Rookies, then upgrading them all to Future Watch autos, and even attempted a player collection (Joe Mullen).
What's Your Favourite Cards or Item(s)?
My favorite favourite custom card features hard-signed autographs from Pavel Bure, Alex Mogilny, and Sergei Fedorov in the style of 11-12 Panini Contenders NHL Ink. Not only are those 90s jerseys absolutely beautiful together, but all three are very hard-to-find signers, and to this day, I don’t think there is a hard signed card featuring this trio!
These following three actually came from Upper Deck The Cup uncut sheets ( Depicting the Artist Proofs of the card) that someone subsequently cut up (ironically), then sold individually on the secondary market. I just ‘finished’ them:
Here are a few Canucks customs featuring players that don’t get any hobby love:
A cut autograph of the late Ed Dyck—still the only Ed Dyck autograph I have ever seen:
Finally, one featuring Team Canada curling legend Jennifer Jones in the style of a ShadowBox card:
What's on Your Current Wantlist? Are there Any 'White Whales' You'd Like to Add to Your Collection one Day?
For the Canucks autograph project, I am down to 9 players (yes, the last 2%) and am looking for their autographs basically on any medium for conversion into cut auto cards: Dale Dunbar, Danny Gloor, Steve Hazlett, Bruce Holloway, Dennis McCord, Steve McKichan, Danny Seguin, Steve Stone, Sid Veysey. They are at this point all whales!
Contact Info: How can other Collectors reach out to You?
Hobby Insider/Sports Card Forum username: sbangayan86
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- Aaron / creasecollector
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I've been collecting Hockey cards since the late 90's. Mainly the goalies since 2005. I also Co-Host a Hockey Card Podcast.
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