Sunday, September 25, 2022

Another Commissioned Custom Card, Another Rock Legend

Rock music has been a big feature on the blog this year. We had Ann and Nancy Wilson custom cards. We had the Battle of the Bands tournament and related 8-card set. And now we've got another rock legend on a custom card.



 
It's the one and only Joe Perry of Aerosmith!
 
This time the client asked if I'd be able to use the 2006 Topps design, which wasn't a problem aside from the foil text on the card front. Thankfully, he was fine without the foil.

I always like using daytime photos for custom cards like these, and was happy to find an image of Mr. Perry rockin' in a big stadium on a sunny day. I matched the border colors with Perry's black shirt and red guitar.

And similar to the Ann and Nancy Wilson cards, the client wanted a custom card back as well. Here's what I came up with:



For some of the other rock n' roll custom cards, I've used gold/platinum records or top-40 songs for the stats. But since this card features just Joe Perry, and not the entire band, I wanted to come up with a more individual type of stat line. I thought "top guitar solos" might work well, and went through my Aerosmith collection to choose some rockin' Joe Perry solos. 
 
As for other card features, the team logo on the original cards was easily replaced by the Aerosmith logo, and I even found a suitable cartoon for the top left portion of the card.

And that's that. Another custom card in the books. I've been having a lot of fun creating these authentic-style card backs. Expect more of them to come.
 
Any Aerosmith fans out there? Favorite Joe Perry solos? Share in the comment section, and thanks for reading, as always!

14 comments:

  1. Amazing work, as always! This kind of makes me want to bust out my Aerosmith Guitar Hero game on the Wii again!

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    1. Go for it, Nachos Grande! Thanks very much for reading, and for the compliment.

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  2. I'm a sucker for that 2006 design, as it's what got me back into collecting modern cards. Great work all around on the card ... I grew up with Aerosmith, although their heyday was a bit before my time, they were always on the radio. I can take or leave them. Some of their songs are classics, some are painful.

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    1. Thanks very much Night Owl! Good to learn a little more about your collecting backstory and Aerosmith fandom. And I agree. They've had some hits and some misses. I guess when you create so much music over so many years, that's bound to happen, right?

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  3. Wow, this is your best looking one so far! You're almost getting too good at these. One of these days Topps is gonna come steal you away from us.

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    1. What a great compliment. Thank you very much, Jon!

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  4. Although I grew up listening to 70's rock (b/c of my brothers)... I've gotta admit I didn't really become familiar with Aerosmith until they teamed up with Run DMC. But after that, I started appreciating their older stuff. My favorite classic is Sweet Emotion... and my favorite newer song is Janie's Got A Gun.

    P.S. Sweet custom (as usual)!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, Fuji! I also enjoy Aerosmith's early stuff. They really rocked in the '70s. Pump is their best "newer" album. Lots of solid songs, including the one you mentioned.

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