Friday, July 22, 2011

Cardboard Creations: 97-98 Score

Lately I've been wanting to do another custom card set, but never really got around to starting anything, until yesterday. Instead of working on my second page of 'Fractal Mask' cards, I thought I would change things up and do another recreation set. 

This time around the set I recreated is a bit newer compared to the others I've done in the past. As the title says, this time I used the 97-98 Score as the basis for my design. I got the idea after looking at my TTM successes and realizing quite a few came from this set. 

Brett over at My Hockey Card Obsession put together an excellent look at this set back in October of 2009 as part of his 'One Sheet, One Set' project. Head over there to check it out and get a good idea of what the original set design looks like. 

Looking at the design, it's made up of primarily simple geometric elements, so I thought it would be a quick project. Here's a look at the first one I came up with, which took maybe an hour including time to find and install a font that matched the vertical player name text. 

These came out much better than I thought they would. The hardest part was figuring out a way to consistently match the glowing font for the player's last name. Other than that, it was as simple as tracing the various geometric shapes, layering them properly, and assembling them into the finished product. 

Here are all nine of them together:

If you're wondering why I chose the player selection I did, it's because I wanted to get as many different team colors represented as I could within the nine card limit.

My favorite of the bunch is definitely the Howard, as it's got an excellent closeup of his best mask to date. Beyond that, I tried to get a variety of pictures (i.e. Thomas hoisting the Cup and Halak stepping onto the ice). I wanted something more than simple action shots. 

What do you guys think, did they turn out ok? 


  1. dude! those areally awesome! Great job as always.

    uh... except the Thomas. He sucks. ;)

    one day you'll have to start giving lessons.

  2. Thanks man, that made me laugh ;)

    I'm actually working on a simple tutorial that I hope to roll out fairly soon

  3. Great job! They look like they could have come straight from the Score set. Love the photographs that you decided to choose as well. A+ dude.

  4. Excellent stuff! The Howard is very eye-catching. I really like it.

    Not the biggest fan of the non-action shots (they are not 'dynamic' enough). I can appreciate the reasoning though.

    Always enjoy seeing your customs and looking forward to more.

  5. I think it would be cool if you did a retro set from the 80's and also photoshopped the players into retro jerseys, i.e. Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, Winnipeg Jets, etc.

  6. Wow I'm really impressed if you seriously released that as a set I would buy for sure....except looking at the Thomas card makes my heart bleed on the inside!

  7. Thanks for the comments guys!