One of the things I had wanted to do was have a baseball card team set of my WhatIfSports Progressive Teams, people can use photo editing to make some very realistic Card Company styled baseball cards.
Some autograph collectors send vintage baseball cards to former players hoping they will autograph the cards and return them to the collector.
I recently came across a blog where a collector has made non distributed versions of baseball cards, similar in style, but not Card Company issued Trading Cards
Some of the former players have especially enjoyed receiving copies of their versions of these " custom " cards.
Players have occasionally asked for more cards to share with family, and even wanted to know if additional cards could be produced.
Below is a link and some examples with Jay Johnstone.
Found this blog while doing research for a 1978 Progressive League.
Jay Johnstone is a much traveled player from this era, and a current member of my Oakland Team's roster.
Bobw's Custom Baseball Cards
" I've been collecting baseball images for many years and decided to create some baseball cards and send them through the mail to the players pictured for their autographs. I also make cards for collectors.
I had gotten Jay Johnstone back two months ago and in a note he asked if I could make a Cubs and Dodgers card for him. I made those two up and added a Phillies and another Angels card using a nice B&W photo of him making contact in the batting cage.
Below our some Topps regular issue cards from Johnstone's playing career. 1967 Topps, 1969 Topps,
1971 Topps, 1968 Topps